KARACHI  - Dr Kalpana Kochhar, Chief Economist for the South Asia Region, World Bank, visited IBA Karachi, the Centre for Executive Education on Thursday to share an enlightening report about `More and Better Job Opportunities in South Asia'.

An IBA statement said that she was accompanied by the World Bank's Lead Economist, David Gould, who discussed the global economic outlook and its implications to the developing countries prior to the flagship report.

It added that David declared the `current period both uncertain and volatile that experiences economic slowdown world over'. Dr Kalpana, however, maintained that the picture is not that bleak since South Asia has been creating increasing number of better jobs and around 800,000 employment opportunities have been provided between the years 2000 and 2010.

`It is mainly due to growth and outmigration; however, there are enormous employment challenges on the job market due to growing number of new entrants and rate of female participation in the labor force', she added.

She emphasized the need for multi-sector reform agenda, non-farm employment, literacy and better learning facilities to improve the situation further.

The presentations were followed by an interactive question-answer session. Dean and Director IBA, Dr Ishrat Husain, thanked the guests.

 and concluded the session with the distribution of plaques to the distinguished guests.