ISLAMABAD: A high powered delegation led by the Ambassador of Turkiye to Pakistan Mr Mehmet Paçacı called on the Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Rana Tanveer Hussain here on Thursday.

Rana Tanveer said the two countries have cultural, linguistic and people to people love for each other. He discussed exchange of expertise and knowledge regarding Vocational and Technical Training. He said the two countries can benefit from the experience of each other. He acknowledged and praised the long standing brotherly relation between the two countries.

The Minister welcomed the exchange of teachers and students to further mutual cooperation especially for Skilled Vocational Training. He said that there is significant potential in cooperation between the two countries. He said that Pakistan will increase its scholarships for students to go to universities in Turkiye to enhance people to people love and cooperation.

The Ambassador said that people of Turkiye have deep affiliation with Pakistan. He said University to University cooperation and Technical Institution to Technical Institution collaboration is the way forward. He briefed the Minister about the multiple ongoing projects by the Government of Turkiye under Turkish cooperation and coordination Agency (TIKA).

The projects cover a wide range of socio-economic aspects. He was told that TIKA completed 20 such projects in 2022 alone. The Minister was briefed about the various ongoing projects such as development of an Incubation center at QAU, establishment of Ultrasound ward and solarization of DHQ at D.I Khan..

Establishment of fashion design and culture centre in GB, Upgradation of medical equipment for Thalassemia patients in various hospitals, establishment of mobile health units in rural Sindh and Balochistan in addition with numerous primary and secondary schools that have more than 13,000 students enrolled.

Both delegations agreed to revive the Pak Turk Mobility grant Program which will enhance exchange of teachers between the two countries. In addition, with that construction of Centre of Hospitality at NSU will also take place.

Rana Tanveer Hussain said that the future is in Vocational Training of the population of Pakistan. He said that it provides the best opportunity to the people to find jobs. He said Pakistan and Turkiye through NAVTTC should exchange teachers and students to learn from the expertise of each other. Rana Tanveer Hussain praised the current government’s efforts in modernizing the education system of Pakistan.

The Minister thanked the Ambassador and highlighted the cordial and friendly relations between the two countries. He said the two countries have shared history and literature. He said there is a bonhomie between the two people. He said the two countries should enhance and fine tune their mutual relation.