Karachi, July 17, 2017 (PPI-OT):A meeting was held in the office of Secretary Law, Government of Sindh to draw the action plan for the implementation of the MoU signed by German Pakistan Chamber of Industry (GPCCI) and the Law Department, Government of Sindh. Participants included Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Secretary Law, Qazi Sajid Ali, President and Nadeem Kazmi, Vice President, Saifuddin Zoomkawala, Ines Chabbi, Maira Junejo from GPCCI and Babar Adil, Additional Secretary, Law Department. Mr. Carsten Mueller, Consul and Deputy Head of Mission, German Consulate General, Karachi also attended to demonstrate German support.
Following the MoU, high profile projects are being earmarked to bring positive change mainly in the lower strata of the society. The scope of work will include affirmative actions to eliminate child labour, female capacity building in public and private sector and diversity initiatives to bring minorities in the mainstream.
The menace of child labour is increasing following rapid population growth forcing parents to send their underage children on menial underpaid labour jobs instead of school classrooms. In the absence of stricter implementation of relevant laws binding parents to enrol their children in schools, increase in ratio of people living below poverty line and above all travails of government schooling system v/s exorbitant high cost private education, it has become much easier that children fall easy prey to the greed and poverty of the social system. A number of steps have been highlighted to motivate parents, small sized employers of apprentices to start formal or informal schooling of children.
The second part of the projects will lay emphasis on female empowerment in the public and private sector. Employers and Employees will be imparted specialized training to develop female workforce with improvements in skill set, provision of enabling environment to enhance career as well as adherence to local and international labour standards. Women working in the informal sector e.g. agriculture, domestic/cottage Industry are completely absent in the workforce statistics. Strong measures will be proposed to include them in statistical database.
It was also noted that minorities can play a vital role if they are provided with a level playing field. Biases, prejudices and victimization have created a sense of aloofness amongst the minorities. It is the need of hour to bring them into the mainstream workforce without any restrictions. In the first phase, available data will be assessed followed by dialogue with social organizations of Christians, Hindus and other relevant groups. The burning issues pertaining to minorities will be discussed and solutions proposed to the Government.
German Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry being the partner of MoU will play key role in sharing the best practices from Germany. It will also provide links to ascertain mutual partnerships where possible. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Qazi Sajid Ali, President of GPCCI said, “Learning from our partners in Germany will open new vistas for their Pakistani counterparts. We are highly optimistic about the success of these unique initiatives and hope to see the results in next few years.”
Mr. Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Secretary Law, Government of Sindh reiterated full support from the Government of Sindh, “Much work needs to be done in our province specially in the interior areas. The three main areas will receive enhancement in capacity building thus improving the standard of living”.
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