Govt focusing on strategic sectors to augment economic growth: PM

PM Imran Khan leaves for Saudi Arabia today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan says government is focusing on strategic sectors to augment economic growth including academia, policymakers and technical experts from the education and skills development.
He was talking to President of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Mr. Broge Brende in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Prime Minister apprised the visiting dignitary about Government’s reform agenda especially in the economic sector and environment protection.
He also announced establishment of the National Accelerator on Closing the Skills Gap in Pakistan, in partnership with the WEF with Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) serving as its national secretariat.
He shared his Government’s political and financial commitment to reform skills development sectors in Pakistan and thanked the WEF for choosing Pakistan as a founding member of the “National Accelerator” initiative.
The Prime Minister expressed his confidence that the WEF’s engagement will help provide new opportunities for Pakistan’s youth and help them develop new skills to fully embrace the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
He also apprised President WEF of Pakistan’s perspective on regional issues including the policy of peaceful neighborhood and vision of peace, progress and prosperity.
Borge Brende said that the launch of the National Accelerator on closing the Skills Gap is an important milestone in our relationship with Pakistan and it is just the start. He said many of Pakistan’s national priorities are the core focus of the Forum’s work. From education to the skill development of youth; from environment protection, water resource management, industrialization and connectivity to the regional cooperation, the Forum is ready to offer its platform to support Pakistan’s economic transformation, he added.
Borge Brende appreciated the Prime Minister for his vision and the government’s initiative towards environment protection, making it a key priority area for the first time in the history of Pakistan.
He also acknowledged and appreciated Prime Minister’s vision for peace in the region and Pakistan’s positive engagement at the international level.
Mr. Brende also extended an invitation to the Prime Minister to attend 50th anniversary of WEF to be held in Davos in January next year.
It may be added that the National Skills Development Accelerator will be led and guided by a team of Co-Chairs from the public and private sectors.
The Government will be represented by Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development Zulfiqar Bukhari.
The Co-Chairs from the private sector include MD Unilever Pakistan Shazia Syed and President Habib Bank Limited Mohammad Aurangzeb.
President World Economic Forum Børge Brende also held a meeting with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Petroleum Nadeem Babar in Islamabad today.
They discussed issues relating to renewable energy policy, energy saving and production.
Nadeem Babar said equal supply and availability is our topmost priority.
He informed the President WEF that water, solar and wind energy production has the highest portion in renewable energy policy.
Under the policy, production of green energy will increase by 60 percent till 2030.
President World Economic Forum appreciated the better security and energy situation of Pakistan and said his forum will provide all out cooperation in promotion of renewable energy policy.

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