LAHORE - The Australian Embassy yesterday arranged a ceremony at a local hotel where Punjab Finance Minister Ayesha Ghaus Pasha was the chief guest.

Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson along with former foreign minister of Pakistan Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri was also present at a workshop held by Australian Embassy on its project ‘Paper Pilots’.

Ms Margaret Adamson, in her address, welcomed the outreach to Pakistani youth by Paper Pilots, Dr Mehreen Faruqi (the first Australian of Pakistani origin to be elected to public office) and the Pakistan Australia Business Forum.

Addressing the ceremony, she said: “Pakistan’s large youth population is the country’s future and Australia is helping Pakistan develop its potential through education and training opportunities and strengthened links between the people of both countries.”

Australia’s Paper Pilots, Dylan Parker and James Norton lead more than 500 school children in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad on a journey of flight as part of the Australian High Commissioner’s initiative - Australia Day in Spring 2016 - engaging youth celebrations from April 11 to 18.

Dylan and James founded ‘The Paper Pilots’ in 2008 to educate and inspire students across Australia by using the simple concept of paper planes to teach students about the science of flight and encourage them to develop problem solving skills to design the paper planes. Their true life story inspired the 2015 award winning Australian family film Paper Planes directed by Robert Connolly also showcased on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Ayesha Gaus Pasha thanked the Australian government to take Pakistan on the journey of growth, and to which Punjab government was already focusing embarked the youth skill development programs.

Talking on the occasion, Dr Mehreen said being in Lahore at the time of spring was a wonderful experience and we would like to enhance the educational and vocational workshops on which we were already paying much attention. Number of areas which were in the limelight including girl’s cricket training in which we collaborated with Pakistan Cricket Board.

Australian Alumni were awarded certificates on their contributions in the advancement of academic research in agriculture and other areas.