PR No. 61 Islamabad: December 07, 2017

Ms. Leila Khan, Chairperson Prime Minister’s Youth Program, chaired a feedback session with the members of Pakistani youth delegation who, under the umbrella of Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, participated in the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students 2017 in Sochi, Russia from 14-22 October.  The 2017 Festival, hosted by the Russian Federation, marked the 70th anniversary of the event which was first held in Prague in 1947.  Around 30,000 energetic and engaged young people from 180 countries across the globe attended the Festival for developing intercultural cooperation and strengthening international ties. 

           The Festival programme consisted of discussion programme, panel discussions, and a series of scientific and educational events. Pakistani delegation included 62 young leaders in media, technology, entrepreneurship, politics, civil society, health and environment, and education.  It also included national performing arts group of the Pakistan National Council of Arts, and a Lok Virsa exhibition team to perform and showcase our rich national culture and traditional heritage at the Festival.

           Ms. Leila Khan appreciated the delegates for effectively presenting a soft and bright image of Pakistan at this mega international event.  She also urged upon them to emulate on all the good things learnt during this Festival where young people from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds had an opportunity to interact and learn from each other’s experiences.  Moreover, Ms. Leila Khan said, “Pakistan can progress only if its youth take the lead in all walks of life. And PML-N government is fully committed to equip youth with all the possible resources and opportunities in the fields of education, skill training, entrepreneurship and employment in order to enable them to contribute positively in the socio-economic development of Pakistan”.