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Program launched to support 15000 individuals including 6500 returnees from Germany and GCC countries.

TVET Sector Support Program (TVET SSP) organized an event to sign a partnership between ‘Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan’ and World Wide Fund for Nature–Pakistan (WWF), to assist the returnees and local population in gaining socio-economic sustainability.

The event, held at a local hotel, was attended by representatives of various stakeholders of the TVET sector including Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC), Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (PTEVTA), and Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF).

The partnership agreement was signed by Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General/Chief Executive Officer WWF-Pakistan, and Olaf Handloegten, Head of TVET Sector Support Program, GIZ Pakistan.

‘Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan’ supports returnees and the local Pakistanis (non-returnees) by offering them quick and effective start-up opportunities, especially in Punjab, as this region is most affected by return migration. The project will support 15,000 individuals, including 6,500 returnees from Germany and GCC countries. The support measures provided to the returnees and local population, to facilitate their economic reintegration after returning to Pakistan fall under four intervention areas: a) Career and Entrepreneurship Advisory Services, b) Competency-based Training and Assessments, c) Recognition of Prior Learning, and d) Employment Promotion.

In his opening remarks at the event, Raja Saad Khan, Deputy Head of TVET Sector Support Program/ Team Lead Governance & Policy, expressed his gratitude to WWF-Pakistan, “It is a pleasant sight to see this initiative come to life. TVET Sector thrives on such novel initiatives and joint efforts, and we believe, if we continue our rigorous efforts for the development of Pakistani people, we will see people in the informal sector become more financially independent and ambitious.”

The initial partnership between TVET Sector Support Program and WWF-Pakistan promote entrepreneurship and facilitate self-employment of 200 individuals and 100 households. These goals will be accomplished in a two-stage process: 1) Capacity building of rural families through provision of trainings in entrepreneurship and business development as well as technical aspects regarding the operational use of Apiculture and Poultry-rearing kits. 2) Provision of in-kind support in the form of Apiculture and Poultry-rearing kits to enable families to earn a decent means of livelihood by becoming self-employed, particularly through honey-bee farming and poultry rearing businesses.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hammad Naqi Khan opined, “Honeybees have a pivotal role in sustaining natural and human environments and based on WWF’s experience, apiculture trainings and workshops prove to be a viable offering for deserving communities. Apiculture businesses are known to be a sustainable economic solution for rural families, and we believe, there is a big opportunity to support returnees through these solutions. Through this partnership between WWF-Pakistan and TVET SSP, together, we will be able to provide suitable training and skills development opportunities to returnees as well as the local population.”

Omair Abubakar, National Coordinator Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan also emphasized the importance of such partnerships in the success of the reintegration initiative. “Our development sector partners have matchless expertise that prepare us to work on collaborative initiatives and help those in need. Providing apiculture and poultry rearing business solutions seems like an exciting endeavor. We are looking forward to the success of this partnership I believe returnees and locals will benefit from it immensely” he said.

‘Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan’ is an initiative under the TVET Sector Support Program which is funded by the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Reintegration of Returnees in Pakistan offers reintegration assistance to Pakistani returnees and Pakistani nationals, particularly young adults, who return to their home country voluntarily. This initiative is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). (PR)

The story originally appeared in Sindh Courier

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