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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar has sought Japanese cooperation in human resource development of Pakistani youth.
He was talking to delegation of Japan embassy including Tokita Yuji and Doi Takemi along with UNDP’s representatives Ignacio Artaza and Laura Sheridan.
Dar thanked for the continued support of Japanese government in diverse fields, especially assistance programmes offered for human resource development especially youth.
He stressed for collaboration regarding implementation of various Japanese assisted projects in order to maximise their benefits for development of youth in Pakistan.
“We greatly appreciate the scholarships offered by Japan to Pakistani students and youth. We are looking forward to enhancing these scholarships; focusing on skills development of our youth,” added Dar.
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He highlighted the need for collaboration with different embassies in Islamabad and coordinating scholarships through PM Kamyab Jawan Programme’s portal for effective communication with the Pakistani youth.
“PM’s Kamyab Jawan Programme must serve as a focal point for all public and private sector’s initiatives undertaken for empowering our youth. The Kamyab Jawan Programme’s web portal will host and present all such data to our youth,” he emphasised.
Mr Tokita Yuji said that there is a very good momentum in the bilateral relations between Japan and Pakistan. He said that greater people to people contacts, cultural ties and business relations between the two countries are proof of a strong relationship. He said that his country is already offering a number of scholarships to young Pakistanis in different areas.
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“We are working on developing technical internship programmes in Japanese companies for Pakistani youth and will also offer the successful youth to work in Japan. Pakistani youth is very active and passionate about learning new skills and technologies.We are quite happy to share our knowledge with such a youth”, added Mr Tokita.
SAPM underlined the need for establishment of Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) for the PM’s Kamyab Jawan Programme with joint assistance of Japan, UNDP and other donor agencies.
Usman Dar urged to maximum representation in the PMU to ensure collaborative efforts for the development of the youth. He said the government is eager that implementation of the landmark programme is closely monitored for achieving the desired results.
Mr. Ignacio Artaza said that more than 60 percent of Pakistani population is below 30 years of age, which provides an ideal opportunity to invest in the country’s human resource.