LAHORE, Dec 17, 2013: The Government of Punjab on Tuesday launched the Germany Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) with 46 companies signing up for the new approach to produce market-oriented qualified workforce in Pakistan.
The new initiative has been launched initially in two Lahore-based institutes of Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Punjab-TEVTA) with the technical assistance of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through its TVET Reform Support Programme.
Diplomats from the European Union Countries, Employers of partner international and local organizations, prominent industrialists, GIZ Officials and TEVTA officers attended the launching ceremony. On this occasion, letters of intent were also signed between TEVTA and 46 multinational and national companies.
Provincial Minister for Industries Chaudhry Muhammad Shafiq while speaking on the occasion said TVET is one of the priority agenda points of the Punjab government because it believes that economic development cannot be achieved without sustainable efforts for the provision of skilled manpower to the industry.“Punjab-TEVTA, through GPATI, has responded effectively in responding the needs of industry for skilled manpower,” the minister opined.
Referring to the importance of GPATI in the socio economic development of Pakistan, the German Ambassador Cyrill Nunn said that Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and he shared the belief that economic development is inevitable for a prosperous future of Pakistan and a major priority.The GPATI initiative, embedded in the overall TVET reform, will be an important contributing factor, he said.
Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Ali, renowned industrialist and member TEVTA board Syed Yawar Ali, Chief Operating Officer TEVTA Jawad Ahmad Qureshi andHans-Ludwig Bruns, Programme Coordinator TVET Reform Support Programme/GIZ also spoke on the occasion.
Government of the Punjab decided to replicate GPATI, which was initially launched in Karachi by the German Counsel General in collaboration with German and Pakistani companies, to provide market oriented skills to the youth of Punjab.
TEVTA Punjab will manage the GPATI initiative with the technical assistance of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which supports German government to achieve its objective of sustainable development in the field of international cooperation around the globe.