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Published Date: Jan 30, 2014

SDPI Press Release (January 30, 2014)

WOMEN PARLIAMENTARIANS CALL FOR INCREASING SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS

The Women parliamentarians of Pakistan called for increasing skill development and vocational training programs, particularly for women in the country. The parliamentarians gathered to learn more about the Vision 2025 policy of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms and present their own recommendations. This was the second meeting of the Women Parliamentary Council (WPC), facilitated by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan (SDPI). The parliamentarians also discussed ways for making policy work for the poor and vulnerable sections of the society.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, said that while macroeconomic indicators have been improving lately, life continues to be difficult for the common man. He also noted that food insecurity in the country remains high, mostly because a large section of the population does not have adequate access to food. With regards to the target of 7-8% economic growth in the medium to long term, he said that it will require a growth rate of at least 9-10% in the energy sector, which is vital for the economy.

Dr. Nadeem Javed, Advisor to the Minister of Planning, Development and Reforms briefed the parliamentarians about Vision 2025. The Vision aims to strengthen human capital in Pakistan and turn the country into a knowledge-based economy through improvements in various sectors, including agriculture, industry and services. To achieve this, the policy focuses on: exploring indigenous resources, strengthening human capital, and facilitating private sector as engines of growth; an efficient, competent and accountable public sector; adoption of global practices for corporate governance; and working for an inclusive growth that is sustained by macroeconomic and political stability and peace in the country. The Vision 2025 aims to provide citizens of Pakistan with a higher standard of living that is compatible with that of contemporary emerging economies. The Vision has set a target of an average annual growth rate of 7 to 8 percent till 2025 by bringing about structural changes that can help yield higher productivity in all sectors of the economy.

The meeting was attended by Senator Saeeda Iqbal, Senator Khalid Perveen, Members National Assembly from various political parties Shahida Akhtar Ali, Aisha Haider, Nafeesa Khattak, Arifa Khalid, Naeema Kishwar, Robina Nasreen, Farhana Qamar, Kiran Haider, Asia Naz Tanoli, Shamsunnisa, Musarrat Rafique, and Shahida Rehmani of the WPC.