Last Update July 04, 2020 10:16 PM
The economic and social development of young people priority: Usman Dar
Lahore, July 04 (app):special Advisor to Prime Minister for youth Affairs Usman Dar said Saturday that economic and social development of young people is one of the main priorities of the government, as their welfare will be to ensure the progress and prosperity of the country.
He expressed these views in a press conference in Lahore chamber of Commerce and industry (LCCI). The LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, senior Vice President Hussam Ali Asghar, Vice President MIAN Jawaid Ahmad Zahid, the provincial Minister for special education Chaudhry Muhammad Akhlaq and Chairman of the Engineering development Almas Hyder says. Members of the Executive Committee of the LCCI and the President of Sialkot chamber Ashraf Malik were also present. The exhibition, entitled ‘shops on wheels’ was also organized in the framework of public-private partnerships.
The adviser noted that Pakistan is the fifth most populous country in the world. Currently this is the largest number of young people in history in national history. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Pakistanis under the age of 30 years, and 29 percent are aged 15-29 years. He said that young people aged 15-29 years account for 41.6% of the total Pakistani labor force.
Four million Pakistani youth to reach working age every year. He said that to accommodate this population in the labor market, Pakistan needs to create 4.5 million new jobs over the next five years (0.9 million jobs annually).
He said that under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Federal government is doing all it can to turn the youth into economic strength of the country. He said he was in his youth, to harness the tremendous potential of the country’s huge investment.
Usman Dar said that the world’s first comprehensive national youth development (NYDF) was developed to ensure quality education, employment and active participation of youth in economic activities.
Special adviser to the Prime Minister said that the programme Jawan Kamyab aimed at polishing the skills and abilities of young people so that they could act as suppliers of jobs and boosters of the economy and not job seekers.
The LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh said that energetic youths of the asset in Pakistan, which should be used for economic development of the country. “We have to make today a solid Foundation for a bright future”, – he said and added that it should be possible for the youth of Pakistan that will enable them to operate as a driving force of economic progress and prosperity of the country.
He added that most young people go abroad to find good job opportunities and this “brain drain” was a great economic loss for the country. He noted that the level of skilled migration has increased in recent years and developing countries like Pakistan could not afford the loss of human resources.
He said that the government should address issues of priority that are forcing human resources to migrate to other countries.
He also called for strong industry-science relationship by saying that it will help to produce appropriate human resources for the industry. He urged the government to create new jobs in energy, mining, manufacturing and service.
In agriculture, the emphasis will be on value added chain, which is expected to become more attractive for new jobs, based on processed and semi-processed agro-industry.
Earlier, the special adviser to the Prime Minister Usman Dar, along with officials of the LCCI took round of the exhibition.
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