ISLAMABAD  - “Skills development and technical training are the key success factors to any country's socio-economic development. We can change the current scenario and tackle our challenges through skills development.”

This was stated by State Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training, Engr M Baligh-ur-Rehman while addressing the first-ever “International TVET Conference-Pakistan 2016”, organised by National Vocational & Technical Training Commission here on Monday. The conference was attended by a large number of industrialists, heads of training institutes, ambassadors, diplomats and the delegates of more than fifteen countries including China, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Turkey, South Korea, Belarus, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Japan, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. “We must shift our focus to technical and vocational education in order to meet the demands of enterprises which require a skilled workforce and of the people who require quality training so that they can become economically productive, he added. The minister stated that Pakistan has made remarkable achievements to improve the delivery of the TVET and expressed the resolve that the present government is committed to equip the country’s youth with employable skills.

He commended the Executive Director NAVTTC, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, for organizing conference and bringing together experts and stakeholders from within Pakistan as well as abroad to discuss and share their views on an issue that is of considerable importance for not only Pakistan but the whole world.