Vocational training institutes required for CPEC projects: CM Marri
JUL 7, 2018 (BE2C2): Caretaker Balochistan Chief Minister Alauddin Marri has urged the UNDP to help set up technical education centers in the province, saying its youth need expertise to avail the job opportunities arising from China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its downstream projects including planned Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
“Though the multibillion dollar project has been promoting business, lack of technical education is depriving our youth of jobs in the CPEC project,” said the caretaker CM during a meeting with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Country Director Ignacio Artaza at the Chief Minister House in Quetta on Thursday.
Over 700,000 jobs are expected to be generated with CPEC, and efforts are being made by all provinces to train their youth and workforce with needed skills.
The caretaker CM apprised the UNDP country director about the need to revamp the education and health sectors of the province to put an end to the sense of deprivation among the people.
Marri said, “The Balochistan government has been utilizing all available resources to revamp the plight of health and education sectors, while efforts against corruption are underway to put all government departments on the right path.”
Marri stressed upon international assistance and support to build more dams and technical education centers, and increase tourism to provide the essential boost to the provincial economy.
Artaza gave a detailed briefing to the interim chief minister regarding UNDP’s assistance in development projects in Pakistan, specially Balochistan.
“Our organisation has been helping the Balochistan government build new small dams to store water, while in the educational field, the UNDP has provided furniture and other necessary equipment to government schools in Jaffarabad and Naseerabad,” said the UNDP country head, adding that the UN organization had also helped local farmers in the agriculture field.
Lauding the efforts of the UNDP, Marri said, “The Balochistan government has been utilizing all resources to develop infrastructure and revamp the appalling plight of health and education sectors.”
“From day one, we have been practicing good governance. We launched strict action against corruption in all government departments.”
Lauding the UNDP’s modern training to the election staff, Marri said, “Training will help the Balochistan government in holding free and fair elections.”