LAHORE - A four-member CIM-GIZ fact-finding mission on Monday visited the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and dwelt at length sustainable international cooperation through availability of capable and well-trained professionals.

The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) is the competence centre for labour mobility in the international cooperation activities of the German government. Its core service involves placing managers and technical experts worldwide.

The CIM-GIZ mission comprising Peer Gatter, Michael Seng, Ms Shazia Amjad and Ms Hina Fozia had threadbare discussion with LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar.

The LCCI President stressed the need for raising the competence level of skilled workers through revamped curriculum and strengthening of technical training institutes.

He said, the country was in dire need of master trainers for the training of trainers at the technical institutes.

He said, the business community in Pakistan was faced with multiple challenges as on the one hand there were environmental issues while on the other hand they were facing credit-related issues and were in need of experts to overcome these problems.

LCCI Executive Committee Member Aasia Saail Khan said, the LCCI is striving to establish Product Development Centre at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the CIM-GIZ cooperation could help ensure early establishment of such centre that would go a long way in the promotion of entrepreneurship.

Speaking on the occasion, Peer Gatter, Michael Seng said the CIM had been successfully working in Pakistan for the last 30 years and had on its credit 20 projects in various fields. They said, the activity areas in which CIM integrated experts are as varied as the challenges they face in each region or country. For CIM, cooperation country demand is decisive.

Only if the necessary know-how is unavailable locally will CIM search for appropriate expertise on the German and European labour market.

In placing managers and technical experts, however, CIM does not focus its efforts solely on meeting cooperation country demand but also keeps in mind the regional and contextual priority areas of German Development Cooperation.

These are strongly oriented to the Millennium Development Goals set by the international community in 2000. The primary aim of the Millennium Development Goals is to halve extreme poverty and hunger throughout the world by 2015.

“Many employers play a special role in their country’s development progress, even if they do not happen to fall within the particular priority areas of German development policy directly. In order to meet the demand of these employers, CIM can act to a limited extent outside the development policy priority areas of German Development Cooperation.”