Islamabad, February 28, 2019: Turkey and Pakistan have signed an agreement for Establishment of State of the art Center of Excellence for Hospitality & Construction.
Under this agreement, Turkish Cooperation & Coordination Agency (TIKA) will establish State-of-the-Art Centre for Hospitality & Construction at National Skill University Islamabad (formerly NISTE).
From Pakistan’s side, Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education and Executive Director National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Dr. Nasir Khan, and from turkey’s side President of TIKA, Dr. Serdar Cam signed the agreement.
This institution will be the first public institution of its kind in Pakistan, which will provide the most advanced training in the Hospitality sector.
The hotel industry in Pakistan is one of the most vibrant and rapidly growing industries and provides exciting career opportunities for highly skilled workforce.
It has great potential to increase remittances, generate employment for youth, contribute to taxes and boost other important allied business activities such as tourism, event management, airline, transportation, and logistics etc.
Pakistan has more than 10,000 hotels including five, four, three stars with over 50,000 rooms. Hotel and Tourism Industry generates over 1.5 million jobs Hotels and Sierra tourism industries generate more than 1.5 million jobs which is about 2.5% of the total employment this agreement is expected to significantly increase this rate.
Moreover, the entire hospitality and tourism sector will get a boost and will also provide a highly trained workforce to the domestic and international hospitality industry.
Highly skilled workforce trained from the Centre will meet the requirements of domestic industry including CPEC projects and would be a source of increase in remittances.
Meanwhile, addressing the signing ceremony Shafqat Mahmood said that Pakistan and Turkey share the bond which joins the hearts and binds us emotionally.
“We are focused on creating the right environment and infrastructure for tourists and in the next few years Pakistan will emerge as one of the best tourist destinations in the world”, the minister said.
He said that creation of a state of the art institute in hospitality would be a step further in meeting the vision of our Prime Minister of a developed nation.
The ambassador of Turkey Mustafa Yurduakul while addressing the ceremony said that Pakistan and Turkey are brotherly countries and we are very happy to be a part of the present government’s quest towards provision of better education and vocational training to youth.
Turkey will always be standing by Pakistan and we look forward to enhancing cooperation in not only education but also other sectors, he emphasized.