ISLAMABAD (PPI) - National Vocational & Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC), Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany and Department for International Development (DFID) of United Kingdom here Saturday signed a Joint Declaration to Support Vocational Training Reforms in Pakistan, at a ceremony, arranged by GTZ. Chairman, NAVTEC, Adnan A Khawaja, Director General, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ), Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven and the Country Director, DFID, Eric Howthorne signed the Joint Declaration.The Declaration says that the Government of Pakistan had requested amongst other donors, BMZ, DFID and the EC (the Donors) to support the Implementation of National Skill Development (2009-13) Strategy programme, which the NAVTEC has developed through a widely shared consensus, on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, to comprehensively reform its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. Government of Pakistan gives the development of professional skills a high priority to achieve sustained economic and social development, remain globally competitive and to respond to the changes in technology and work patters, said the Declaration. In recognition of the importance of skills development and employment generation for Pakistans young population for building a prosperous future for Pakistan, generate productive livelihoods and opportunities and secure its long term economic and political stability, the above Donors have responded positively to this request. Following the spirit of the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Harmonisation as well as the EU Consensus on Development/Code of Conduct, the Government of Pakistan, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) declared in the statement, that they were working together to develop a jointly funded coherent programme for the support for the implementation of the National Skills Strategy and the promotion of Vocational Training capacities in Pakistan. Subject to final agreement of a jointly designed programme it is intended that the donors will implement the programme through a Delegated Cooperation agreement between the signatories of this statement of intent. Speaking on the occasion, NAVTEC representative termed this partnership a ounique in a number of ways. He said that it was one of the most comprehensive assistance Programme in TVET in Pakistan. He thanked all those people who were involved in the development of this Programme, and added, owe are looking forward for its implementation. He said, it was also good to see that this Programme is a remarkable, practical demonstration of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The Paris Declaration laid down five principles, which would contribute to more effective allocation and use of aid, ownership, alignment, harmonisation, results and mutual accountability and this programme scores highly on all of them. He said, at NAVTEC we are all very enthusiastic about this Programme and todays signing ceremony marks a milestone in this partnership. BMZ representative, in her remarks, underlined the need for working together to develop more meaningful cooperation amongst the partners and was of the opinion that we have to provide employment to respective technically trained people. DFIDs Country Director, talking on the occasion, congratulated NAVTEC for formulation of a comprehensive National Skill Strategy.