LAHORE - A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Punjab Government and Turk Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TCCA) to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of vocational training, protection of archeological sites, capacity-building of Red Crescent and the housing sector.

The TCCA will extend technical assistance in vocational training in garments, construction and automobile sectors. The Turk agency will also provide help in preparation of syllabus, training of trainers, courses as well as provide training equipments.

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Provincial Minister for Housing Tanvir Aslam Malik, Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan, Turk Ambassador in Pakistan S. Babur G. Girgin, Secretary Housing and Director General Lahore Development Authority were present on the occasion.

Turk Ambassador S. Babur G. Girgin and Chairman Planning & Development signed the minutes of the memorandum while the head of TCCA Dr Sirdar Cam and Chairperson Punjab Skill Development Fund Ali Sarfraz signed the MoU.

Besides exchange of delegations of experts in archeology, the Turk agency will also extend assistance in the protection of archeological buildings and training of the staff of Archeology Department. Moreover, mutual cooperation will be increased between Red Crescent Societies of Pakistan and Turkey.

Turk Cooperation and Coordination Agency will also provide technical assistance for launching housing projects for low income people.

Punjab CM speaking on the occasion welcomed the agreement of cooperation between Punjab government and TCCA. He said that Punjab government and Turk companies are already cooperating in various sectors and Turk companies has invested billions of dollars in various sectors in Punjab.

He said that the growing cooperation between Punjab government and Turk companies will bring the two countries closer. He said that new avenues of cooperation are opening up due to collaboration with Punjab government and Turkey. He said that TCCA  had expertise in housing sector and Punjab government will fully benefit from it.

Turk Ambassador S Babur G Girgin said that the collaboration between TCCA with Punjab government will strengthen friendly ties between Pakistan and Turkey. He said that experts of Turk institution will cooperate in Punjab in the housing project for low income people.