Skill development programs to help getting export target

Karachi: Skill training programs such as GENPROM are vital for Pakistan’s export oriented industry; this was stated by Vice President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Khalid Tawab.

Addressing at the annual certificate distribution ceremony jointly held by Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute (PTGTTI) at a local hotel the other day, Tawab said that skill training programs like GENPROM can help achieving big export target beyond $50 billion. He urged upon the export oriented associations to follow the footsteps of PRGMEA by initiating skill training programs and focusing on research and development.

The Vice Chairman, PRGTTI and former Chairman KATI, Razzed Hashim Paracha said on the occasion that PRGMEA and PRGTTI are striving hard to comply with international standards and have completed several skill training and gender promotion programs in garments industries which were widely appreciated by the international forums.

National Project Manager GENPROM, Syed M Nawab speaking on the occasion said that PRGMEA and UNDP’s joint program for gender promotion was initiated in 2007 and successfully implemented in 61 factories across Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad and has trained more than 607 master trainers/middle management professionals and 12,873 workers.

National Project Director GENPROM and Principal PRGTTI, Maham Nasira informed that GENPROM project has delivered complete training system, course curriculum, manuals and consulting guidelines to these factories. She said that training manuals have also been translated into Urdu in order to transfer appropriate knowledge and skills to less literate workers of the industry. Director Rajby Industries, Masood Naqi has appreciated the efforts of PRGMEA and PRGTTI for collaborating with NGOs to offer such programs.

As ma y as 200 certificates were distributed among master trainers and merchandisers on the occasion while shields were awarded to M/s Gul Ahmed textiles for commitment to gender Skill development and employment, Midas Clothing Ltd for Satellite Training Unit and sustainability, Rajby Industries for support and facilitation, Mustaqim Dyeing and Printing Industries for adoption of salaried system and Artistic Milliners for consulting guidelines and implementations and continuous participation. Shields were also distributed among outstanding workers including Salman, Mehwish, Sehrish, Hafiz, Rehan, Fatima and Tamim.

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