LAHORE - The World Bank will help Punjab evolve a comprehensive programme for providing jobs to the youth through skill development.

A framework will be formulated in this regard with the cooperation of World Bank Consortium, it was decided at meeting held with the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the chair.

The meeting was also given briefed by the World Bank on how creation of job opportunities for the youth through skill development would be possible.

Youth in Punjab constitute major part of the population and the provincial government has initiated skill development programme (development strategy) to absorb them in service inside and outside the country. Under the programme the government has targeted development of 20lakh youth, both male and female, as skill hand by the year 2018.

Along with it, the government is active on creating the jobs within the due date. Under the programeme the youth are being equipped with over 100 categories of skill labour which has booming demand in the world.

The chief minister directed the officials for preparing draft of the framework at the earliest so that its speedy implementation could be ensured. He said that the agreement between Punjab government and the World Bank to evolve a comprehensive programme of provision of job opportunities through skill development is a link in this regard.

He said that there is a vast scope in skill development sector for the empowerment of youth so that they could stand on their own feet and play their due role for the strengthening of economy. Shahbaz Sharif said that the cooperation of the World Bank for the development of social sectors in Punjab is commendable.

He said that various programmes with the cooperation of the World Bank for the uplift of social sectors are running successfully in the province. He said that Punjab government has carried out basic reforms for the improvement of education, health and other social sectors.

He further said that a practicable model will have to be evolved and its speedy implementation will have to be ensured.

Country Director of the World Bank Patchamuthu Illangovan while speaking on the occasion said that besides other social sectors, cooperation with Punjab government in skill development sector will also be increased and the draft of the framework in this regard will soon be presented.

The meeting also reviewed various proposals for the provision of quality job opportunities to the youth through promotion of skill development. Other senior officials of the World Bank were also present on the occasion.

Malaysian investors meet Shahbaz: A delegation of investors led by Malaysian Deputy Minister for Transport Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi met Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, yesterday and shared views on the matters of mutual interest, Pak-Malaysia relations and promotion of cooperation in trade, economic and other sectors.

It was agreed on the occasion that besides strengthening of trade and economic relations, cooperation in different sectors especially livestock and Halal food would also be increased.

The chief minister congratulated Malaysian Minister and members of the delegation on the launching of flight operation of Malindo Airline to Pakistan.

Shahbaz Sharif said that there are strong friendly relations between Pakistan and Malaysia and the launching of flight operation of Malindo Airline to Pakistan will further promote trade and economic relations as well as tourism.

He said that Malaysian investors should benefit from investment opportunities in Punjab and assured that they will be provided all necessary facilities. The chief minister said that there are vast investment opportunities in livestock and Halal food sector in the province and the provincial government wants to promote cooperation with Malaysia in this regard.

The chief minister said that a modern slaughter house has been set up in Lahore where entire slaughtering process is carried out according to international standards of hygiene. Shahbaz Sharif said that Malaysia has made tremendous progress in research and development sectors and Punjab government wants to benefit from its experiences.

He said that time has come to promote relations between and Pakistan and Malaysia on sound foundations in research and development, Halal food, tourism and livestock sectors. He stressed the need for maximum exchange of business delegations between the two countries for strengthening of economic and trade relations.

Malaysian Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said that Malaysia wants to promote trade and economic relations with Pakistan especially Punjab and the flight operation of Malindo Airline will strengthen trade, economic and tourist relations. He said that Pakistan and Malaysia can work together in different sectors.

The minister also invited Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif to visit Kuala Lumpur. Provincial Minister for Industry Ch Muhammad Shafiq, Pakistani High Commissioner to Malaysia, Secretary Transport, Secretary Industry, Chairman Punjab Investment Board besides Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr. Hasrul Sani Bin Mujtabar, Honorary Consul General of Malaysia to Pakistan Datuk Abdul Rafiq Abdul Karim, Chief Executive Officer Malindo Airline and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.