President Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Shah Faisal Afridi pledges to spur the pace of technological advancement in Pakistan through Chinese cooperation

Lahore, June 30, 2015 (PPI-OT):Mr. Shah Faisal Afridi, President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) has pledged to spur the pace of technological advancement in Pakistan through Chinese cooperation. While addressing a meeting of the PCJCCI members here today he said that the technological advancement for human resource development was the prime agenda of PCJCCI, for which he was endeavoring to establish a Pak-China Technology University.

The project is to be initiated with the Chinese collaboration and the purpose of this project would be primarily the transfer of redundant technology from China that is no more in use of China but suits to the needs and requirement of Pakistani Industrial trends, he said and informed that PCJCCI had planned to establish state of the art Chinese construction material centre that would be executed in two phase; 1st phase involves formation of display centre and 2nd phase involves the transfer of production facility from China to Pakistan. He was confident that the project would revolutionize the construction industry of Pakistan with exquisite and latest construction trends. He disclosed PCJCCI had already launched Chinese language classes in Collaboration with TEVTA to the technical students for make them more competitive in international markets.

He elaborated that the acquisition of appropriate technology from China in the field of renewable energy and alternative sources of energy like solar, nano technology ,wind power, Run of the river power plants etc. was also included on the priority agenda of PCJCCI. The business conglomerates of China have shown their keen interest in establishing power plants in Pakistan due to an impressive campaign lodged by PCJCCI, Shah Faisal revealed.

He urged the government to formulate policies for creating linkages between industry and academia so as to create industry driven batches of students. He suggested to equip secondary school and university graduates with employable skills that require a shift from academically-oriented learning to demand-driven courses relevant to industry needs. This can be achieved through, for example, credible national qualification frameworks and certification systems and closer links amongst schools, universities, and technical and vocational education providers, he added.

Afridi said that Government of Pakistan should take immediate steps to modify and empower existing vocational training Institutes like TEVTA. Currently, TEVTA enrolls on average 110,000-120,000 students in its technical training institutes, while the demand in the market is over one million; government of Pakistan needs to invest in skilled workers to bridge the imbalances that occur due to inadequacy in human resource development, he added.

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