Multan-The Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and the USAID have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch Punjab Youth Workers Development (PYWD) Programme in four districts of South Punjab under which unskilled and illiterate people (male and females) will get training in different fields.

The MoU signing ceremony was followed by a seminar jointly organised by the MCCI and USAID-funded Punjab Youth Workforce Development (PYWD) project. The objective of the seminar was to discuss the workforce requirement of local businesses and industry and review the available trades offered by the various training providers.

The speakers at the seminar urged the business community to provide training and job opportunities to the project-identified marginalized youth of selected South Punjab districts as per their demand and offered requisite support in designing demand-driven training programs for the absorption of youth in labour market.

Speaking on the occasion, Qaisar Nadeem, Chief of Party USAID-PYWD project said that the USAID-Punjab Youth Workforce Development (PYWD) project was investing in the underprivileged youth by providing them with comprehensive skills-based trainings, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities to meet the needs of the industry. “The three-year project will target 10,000 youth between the ages of 16 and 29 years including at least 35 per cent females in the southern Punjab districts of Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Multan and Muzaffargarh,” he added.

He said that the Memorandum aimed to formalize a partnership between MCCI and PYWD project to address the demand and supply side of the skills gaps and devised means to bridge them through mutual collaboration.

Begum Roman Tanvir Sheikh, Senior Vice President of MCCI, said that Women would be trained in entrepreneurship, Poultry, Cattle farming, agricultural business, Beauty parlour, knitting and sewing, embroidery etc. She welcomed the USAID’s training programme through Louis Berger (Pvt) limited and hoped that it would be beneficial for the unskilled and uneducated people of this backward are.

The event was attended by employers, representative of Anjuman-e-Tajran, public/private training institutes, PYWD project staff and MCCI representatives who actively participated in the seminar and shared their ideas during the session. The guest speakers in this seminar were Mrs Naghma Mushtaq, Provincial Minister Zakat & Ushar, Punjab, Mrs. Romana Tanvir Sheikh, Senior Vice President MCCI, Ms. Zahida Khan, CEO PHDF, Attique Zafar, Area Manager Akhuwat and Imran Ashraf, District Manager TEVTA.



District nazim of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith (MJAH) Multan Allama Inayat Ullah Rehmani has said that approval of amended election bill is a good step but those who hatched conspiracy to amend Khatame Nubuwwat declaration should be unveiled and punished.

Addressing a news conference here along with Qari Hidayat Ullah Rehmani and Hafiz Tahir Mehmood on Friday, he added that the efforts for enforcement of Islamic code in the country would continue in peaceful manner. He said that the solution to all problems being faced by the country was hidden in enforcement of Islamic code. He said that the persons involved in amendment in the khatame Nubuwwat declaration should be punished forthwith.

He said that the upcoming Nafaz-e-Islam & Khatame Nubuwwat Conference in Bahawalpur would prove a milestone in struggle for enforcement of Islam in the country. He added that the government would be addressed by the chief of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Senator Sajid Mir and others and the caravans to attend the conference would leave Multan from Markaz Ibn-e-Qasim.