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Private sector indispensable engine of economy: Anne Kofoed

Mian Rashid Asghar

FAISALABAD. Private sector is growth engine of national economy and European Union (EU) is committed to enhance its capacity and is making practical steps to reactivate private sector by extending facilities for its capacity building. This was stated by Ms Anne Kofoed while addressing a joint meeting of FCCI standing committees on industry academia linkages and training development here on Sunday.

Ms. Anne Kofoed first secretary Delegation of European Union for Education and Governance underlined the importance of education for socio-economic uplift of Pakistan. She said that delegation of EU is making strenuous efforts for the promotion of education with a targeted approach on under developed province and backward rural areas of Pakistan. Regarding capacity building of private sector, she told that GIZ is working for the last many years in Pakistan to provide much needed training and improve the technical skills of its workers. She told that sector specific syllabuses are being prepared in consultation with the concerned stakeholders

She said that five to seven market driven sectors have been indentified in which GIZ is already providing training and facilities. “Among these sectors includes textile, energy and chemical etc”, she told.

Mr. Waqas Waheed Technical Advisor CB&A told that GIZ is working in Pakistan for the last ten years. “It has given excellent results and now it intends to continue its operation, however for this purpose consultation with stakeholders is imperative.

Earlier president FCCI Mr. Shabbir Hussain Chawla said that industry had played a major role in the development of Faisalabad.

He said that up gradation of technology is imperative to further improve the quality of Pakistani products. “In this connection GIZ has played a major role in providing necessary skills to the Pakistani workers and hoped that its presence will help Pakistan to bring qualitative and quantitative improvement in the overall efficiency of private sector.

Dr. Habib Aslam Gabba chairman FCCI Standing Committees said that we should concentrate on practical training instead of wasting our time on unnecessary discussions.

Mr. Jawad Asghar, Ms. Qurra-tul Ain, Ms. Robina Amjid, Ms. Sadia Ihsan, Mr. Haleem Akthar, Mr. Ahmad Yaseen and Muzammal Sultan also participated in this meeting.

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