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Review Meeting on Labour Employment & Skill Development of 12thFiveYearsPlan

Dated : 14 January 2019

A meeting was held here in the Ministry of Planning Development and Reform to review “Labour Employment & Skill Development” of 12thFiveYearsPlan which was attended by the senior officials of the Ministry of PD&R and also by the respective dignitaries of PBS, NAVTTC, OPF, Bureau of immigration etc.

The agenda of the meeting was to identify issues and suggest interventions (policies, reforms and investments) in employment sector to achieve the socio-economic objective for 12th Five Years Plan.

It is to be noted that one of the important functions of the M/o PD& R is to prepare plans in line with the socio-economic requirement. M/o PD&R is in the process of finalization of 12th Five Years Plan.

It was noted that 68% population of the country is less than 30 years of age hence there is a dire need to leverage this huge demographic dividend through building skills and enhancing capabilities of the youth by imparting them skills and state of the art technologies.

It was also observed that the overall rate of participation by country’s population in economic activities was only 31.7% that is much lower than the leading economies. There was consensus that serious measures are required to be taken to encourage women participation in the economic activities of the country.

One of the policies of the incumbent government aims at construction of 5 million houses which will also contribute immensely in creation of jobs. Furthermore, under the social sector development initiatives, increased number of vocational training centres would also enable the employable working force to qualify for the overseas work opportunities, and get jobs under multiple CPEC projects.

The Government would also promote sectors which are competitive, employment intensive, inclusive of agriculture sector, SMEs, construction, social services and knowledge intensive sectors to increase productivity.