FPCCI & PM Youth Programme to Collaborate Irfan Iqbal Sheikh

Karachi (PR): Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, President FPCCI, has extended his full support from the platform of FPCCI to collaborate on joint programmes with Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) – be it business & agricultural loans; skill development programme and employment generation. He added that youth is Pakistan’s greatest asset and they account for 65 percent of the total population of the country. Additionally, we should also not forget to educate, empower, employ and emancipate the young women as women are 52 percent of Pakistan, he added.

Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, SAPM to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, said that youth Programmeis the soul of Prime Minister’s vision to empower youth being the most precious asset of Pakistan. The journey started with the establishment of Youth Affairs Wing with an aim to empower young people with skills set, resources and self-reliance opportunities by initiating a grand youth development programme catering multiple domains.

Mr. Suleman Chawla, Senior Vice President FPCCI, said that FPCCI is the right platform on many counts to support PMYP: (i) it can facilitate the load disbursements to youth diligently and in diverse sectors (ii) FPCCI can provide the guidance to the youth to make their businesses viable and successful (iii) FPCCI can jointly organize job fairs, skill development programmes and seminars (iv) the apex body has the presence and linkages across Pakistan and across sectors to create an enabling environment in the length & breadth of the country (v) FPCCI can help bridge industry-academia disconnect.

Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh has also proposed to the government that FPCCI & PMYP can bring international skills, social and business development institutions like GIZ, TVET, JICA, DFID, UNIDO, USAID, etc. on board to provide maximum support and assistance to the very motivated, talented and hard-working youth of the country.

Brig Iftikhar Opel, SI (M), Retd.

Secretary General