PR No.02 Islamabad: April 1, 2016

Minister of State Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman met with the delegation of Belarus comprising of Mr. Arkadz Shkliar (Rector, Republican Institute for Vocational Education), Mr. Andrei Ermolovich (Ambassador of Republic of Belarus), Mr. valery Halubouski (Vice Rector, Republican Institute for Vocational Education), Ms Olga Dekhtiarenko (Head of Department for comparative Research and International Cooperation in VET), and Mr. Kirill Deryabin (1st Secretary, Embassy of Republic of Belarus).

Minister of State welcomed the delegation of Belarus and said that it’s a matter of great honor and pleasure to have Belarusian delegation in Pakistan. He said that our government wants to have good and friendly relations with every country in the world and we are glad to enjoy such friendly ties with Belarus.

Talking about the cooperation between Pakistan and Belarus State Minister said that an agreement of mutual cooperation between the ministry of federal education Pakistan and ministry of education of Belarus was signed on 29th may 2015, followed by a MOU signed between the two countries regarding higher education in August 2015. 1st meeting of the joint Belarus-Pakistan commission on trade and economic cooperation was held in August 2015, in which Belarusian side proposed to establish the centre for vocational education in Pakistan. A protocol agreement of mutual cooperation in the field of education was also signed in November 2015.

Minister of State talked about the current educational situation in Pakistan along with the ongoing projects/initiatives taken by the Ministry of Federal Education. The basic agenda of the meeting was to discuss about the cooperation regarding the skill universities in Pakistan with the cooperation of Belarus. A possible cooperation between NAVTTC (National Vocational & Technical Training Commission) Pakistan and RIPO (Republican Institute for Vocational Training) Belarus was also discussed regarding technical and vocational education. Establishment of VET (Vocational and Technical) Centers of excellence, providing demand driven and future oriented skills for different sectors in Pakistan were part of the discussion. Moreover organization of skill show competitions for the youth in Pakistan, training of VET trainers and managers and short term courses for skilled labors in Pakistan were also discussed in meeting.

An invitation was extended by the Belarus to Pakistan to get acquainted with the Belarusian VET system and the participation in the International Education Forum including National Championship world skills Belarus 2016, and VET Conference etc.

A media talk was held after the meeting in which Belarusian delegation shared the experience of their visit to Pakistan. They thanked the ministry of federal education for their warm welcome and facilitation. Mr. Arkadz said that people of Pakistan and specially government officials are very much committed to their jobs and work which is commendable, they are very warm and friendly and we would like to collaborate with them not only in the field of education but in other fields as well.

In the end, Minister of State again thanked the delegation and presented token of appreciation to the delegation.

Meeting was attended by the Secretary, Additional Secretary, Joint Education Advisor and other officials of the ministry.