SIALKOT - A team of British High Commission’s Department For International Development (DFID) has assured Sialkot business community of financial and technical assistance in launching skills development training programme to boost the industry.

The DFID team made the assurance during a discussion with business community during a visit to Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here the other day.

DFID Pakistan Economists Alan Witworth and Madiha Ahmed led the team.

Talking to the newsmen, the DFID officials said that objective of the visit was to interact with Sialkot business community to gain better understanding of the growth environment and discuss potential areas of partnership.

The team added that the DFID was intended to launch training for different skills for the adolescents, women and industrial workers in the city to boost the city’s industries, especially the soccer balls and surgical instruments manufacturing industries.

The officials said that the DFID had UK government aid for helping Pakistan in transforming education, supporting economic stability, saving lives of the women and children and building peace, stability and democracy.

On the occasion, Child and Social Development Organization (CSDO) Project Manager Ijaz Ahmed briefed the DFID team about the Child and Adolescent Protection (CAPP).

He said that the CSDO had established as many as 17 CSDO Schools in and around the city, where 1,800 adolescent and marginalized children were getting free education from Class 1 to Class 10 under the supervision of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF).

Earlier, the DFID team also visited some leading industrial units and witnessed international standard craftsmanship of the city-based artisans.