PR No. 125
Islamabad: February 14, 2020

Muhammad Usman Dar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Youth Affairs has said that his government is working on legislating for establishment of national youth foundation in the country; to enable better work for development of the youth. Mr. Dar said this while talking to Ms. Indhira Santos, Global Lead Labor & Skills, World Bank who called on him at PM office, today. While briefing the visiting delegation on the Prime Minister’s Kamyab Jawan Programme, Mr. Dar said that about 68% population of the country comprises of youth whose development is the priority area for his government. “We have a very clear line of action for positive and productive engagements of our youth. Our government is giving youth concessionary loans of Rs. 100 billion in the first phase along with Rs. 30 billion earmarked for skills development of youth’, said Mr. Dar. Mr. Dar said that he would welcome the technical support and knowledge sharing from World Bank in view to improve youth-related initiatives of the government. “I am looking forward to concrete outcomes and suggestions of our meeting regarding youth empowerment in Pakistan’, added SAPM. He further said that presently having the highest ever number of youth population, it was the best time to invest in Pakistan for optimum results. Ms. Indhira Santos shared her views on improving the quality of jobs in informal sector in Pakistan. She said that World Bank has the requisite technical assistance to be provided to PM Kamyab Jawan Programme. “The technical support may also lead to financial assistance, in future”, she added. It was agreed during the meeting to further deliberate on modalities and areas for mutual cooperation between the World Bank and PM Kamyab Jawan Programme. The meeting was also attended by officials of the PM office.