KARACHI - In a bid to enhance mutual cooperation between the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed that will help improve technical and vocational training in both the cities.
The MoU was signed by the Administrator KMC Mohammad Hussain Syed, who was visiting Istanbul nowadays, and Deputy Mayor Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Ahmed Salamat. The high officials were also present on the occasion, sources told Pakistan Today. Under the agreement, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality will provide training to trainers by the master trainers. The fields and content of the training will be negotiated and agreed by both of the parties later. The training shall be provided free of charge by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality/ISMEK.
Both the cities shall invite each other to workshops, symposiums, fairs and handcrafts exhibitions to be organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality-ISMEK and Karachi Metropolitan Municipality training institutions. The Memorandum of Understanding shall come into effect upon its date of signing and shall remain in effect for three years and shall be automatically renewed unless one or both of the parties communicate their intent of resignation.
Administrator Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed on this occasion said that about 70 Vocational Training Centers presently existed in Karachi where the youths needed to be imparted with training on modern lines and this requirement would be fulfilled through mutual cooperation agreement with the Istanbul Municipality.
He said: “We have agreed to enhance cooperation between Karachi and Istanbul in various fields. Both the Metropolitan Corporations can play important role in this regard.” Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said that occasional visits of delegations would be exchanged on metropolitan corporation level between the two cities to promote technical and vocational cooperation. He said that we needed to enhance trade and commercial activities between Pakistan and Turkey so that the Pakistani handicrafts, skills and products could get access to Europe via Turkey.
The Karachi administrator said this had been an important progress at the government level by the two countries. Deputy Mayor IMM Ahmed Salamat said full cooperation would be provided to improve vocational and technical training in 70 vocational training centers of Karachi.
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