LAHORE - The All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF) with a view to achieve its developmental objectives, has entered into collaboration with the globally leading Information technology enterprise – Microsoft.

According to a 3-year MoU signed between APBF and Microsoft Pakistan, the two organizations will develop an “Employability Platform” for creating new employment and internship opportunities for the youth, while focusing on recruitments in the private sector partners of the APBF, making selections from the Pak-Kaam Employability Platform.

The MoU was signed by the Country General Manager of Microsoft – Mr. Nadeem Malik and the President of APBF – Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi, who expressed his gratitude to Microsoft for collaborating with APBF. He stated that; “APBF is thankful to our new partner – Microsoft, for helping us play a key role in national progress. We are effectively striving to bring Business Leaders, Chambers and Associations on a united platform to endeavor for a strong and prosperous Pakistan with sustainable growth, ensured through effective policies followed in continuity, resulting in better quality of life for the people of Pakistan.” 

This MoU reflects the common vision of APBF and Microsoft to create a framework and roadmap for enterprise-development and technology deployments. This initiative will generate fresh, healthy and sustainable income-streams for the educated and skilled youth of the country, by stimulating and enriching the national economy.

According to the scope of this collaboration both the organizations will jointly select and advertise a list of courses and trainings on the Employability Platform, that reflect desired skills for APBF partners and affiliates.  Targeted internship programs and jobs will thus be designed for over three thousand learners every year to enhance the highly-demanded skills. In order to drive traffic on the platform and ensure the quality of the content offered to youth, 50 mentors will be provided and broader partnerships will be developed across the region, to engage other resourceful organizations too. Microsoft will also advertise these internship programs and provide 50 mentors for users on the Employability Platform from within its member organizations.