September 17, 2021: Mr. Ovidiu Mic, Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to Pakistan, has visited FPCCI Head Office in Karachi.
The delegation expressed his satisfaction over the successful completion of more than three years of Sectoral Support Program (SSP) under Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) initiatives in collaboration with FPCCI.
These programs are being implemented by National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTCC) Pakistan & GIZ (Germany); and, also supported by the Norwegian Government.
Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo, President FPCCI, said that he is proud of FPCCI and NAVTCC for playing an instrumental role in TVET-SSP and efficiently facilitating the training programs to educate and train the youth of Pakistan.
Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo added that he wants to see TVET-SSP to expand to additional sectors and other cities of Pakistan to benefit more SMEs and Women Entrepreneurs across Pakistan. He also expressed his desire to see TVET-SSP continuing beyond 2021 and reach out to 90 million smartphone users of Pakistan to maximize the gains it can offer.
Mr. Ovidiu Mic informed the audience that starting from January 2022, EU plans to spend up to 50 million Euros in Pakistan for vocational education & training programs across Pakistan in various cities and sectors. He apprised the audience that agriculture, textiles, SMEs and ICT will get more programs as these sectors can potentially create millions of jobs in Pakistan. He added that EU is keen to help the unskilled workforce of Pakistan attain new skills and become productive employees for Pakistani businesses and beyond.
Mr. Sultan Rehman, Coordinator FPCCI Head Office, in his message, said reactivation of FPCCI-GIZ Joint Secretariat is the highlight of FPCCI’s performance in 2021.
Mr. Salman Haroon, Convener FPCCI’s Central Standing Committee on TVET, handed over books – based on TVET-SSP training programs – to the dignitaries.
Top leadership of the organizations and companies that have benefited and participated in TVET-SSP programs of EU also attended the meeting and shared their experiences with the programs and how those skill development programs have helped them acquire the required skilled human resources for their organizations.