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Skill Development Council role appreciated for producing skilled manpower June 28, 2013
Meeting outside ICCI
 
Private sector has the vision, capacity and expertise to run the commercial organizations in a true professional manner and it would be a wise decision for government to give the management control of loss making public sector commercial organizations to private sector for turning them into profitable business enterprises. This was stressed by Mr. Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry during a visit to Skills Development Council (SDC), Islamabad along with a delegation of ICCI.
 
He appreciated the role of SDC for developing trainings to people in different fields and providing industry skilled labor. He said running of SDC efficiently and effectively by Mian Akram Farid, former President of ICCI as Chairman Skills Development Council purely on honorary basis is a clear proof of the fact that private sector has the ability to run institutions and public sector enterprises on professional lines.
 
He said by producing trained & skilled manpower for local and international markets, SDC is rendering valuable contribution to reducing unemployment, generating jobs and earning good foreign exchange for the country as many Pakistanis trained by SDC are performing well in foreign countries. He said ICCI would take up the matter of giving loss making PSEs to private sector professionals with the relevant Minister.

He said ICCI would work more closely with SDC to meet the skilled labor needs of industry so that industry could perform more effectively.
 
Mian Akram Farid, Chairman, Skills Development Council, Islamabad briefed the ICCI delegation about the activities of SDC. He said SDC operates on Public-Private Partnership with active participation of Employers Federation of Pakistan [EFP] and Private Sector Businessmen, who have created the success story of the Skill Development Council, Islamabad. The aim of SDC is to identify, develop and arrange flexible and demand driven vocational, technical/professional and IT training programs.
 
He said SDC has produced over 25000 semi-skilled and skilled workers for different fields and it also offers tailor-made courses according to the customers needs. He said SDC has signed MoUs with Islamabad, Attock, Chakwal & Jhelum Chambers of Commerce to develop close liaison with these Chambers and for providing skilled manpower to industry. He hoped that collaboration between SDC and ICCI would play a positive role in promoting industrial activities in the region. He said MoU with National Training Bureau has also been signed to train manpower in required fields.