Governor addresses Pak Engineers Council Job Fair?June 3, 2015
Peshawar: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said that registration of more than 7500 engineers during the first ever job fair arranged by the Pakistan Engineering Council is very encouraging as a result of which thousands of jobless engineers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA will be provided job opportunities in the national and multi-national companies. He emphasized that such type of activities in other sectors also needed to be started.
He was addressing an award distribution ceremony-cum-dinner at the Governor’s House, Peshawar last night. The former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pir Sabir Shah, Minister for Finance Muzaffar Syed advocate, Senator Mohsin Aziz, Chairman PEC Syed Abdul Qadir Shah, Job Fair Convener and Secretary Housing Engineer Zahid Arif, Tajikistan envoy in Pakistan Sher Ali, representatives of many multi-national companies from UAE, Saudi Arabia, China and other countries and a large number of local engineers and high ranking officers attended the ceremony.
Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan disclosed that the government was struggling hard for improving the socio-economic condition of the people and with this end insight project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a chain of the highly ambitious goals of the government.
He on behalf of the government invited the foreign as well as local investors to invest their best share in the country in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA in particular in a bid to help expedite the development process.
He said the CPEC was a mega project of development which aimed to connect Gwadar Port in Southwestern Pakistan to China’s Northwestern autonomous region of Xinjiang, via a network of highways, railways and pipelines.
He said the economic corridor was considered vital for China-Pakistan relations and would run about 3,000 km from Gwadar to Kashgar. He said the overall construction costs including many power projects were estimated at 46 billion dollars.
He said the corridor was an extension of China’s proposed 21st century Silk Road initiative. He expressed the hope that when the corridor was constructed it would expand the number of trade routes between China, Middle East and Africa.
He said energy security was a key concern for China, as it was the world’s biggest oil importer, and oil pipelines through Pakistan would cut out travel through Southeast Asia. He said such activities would generate a lot of employment opportunities within Pakistan and would benefit the present and future generations.
Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan commended the job fair and termed it a good initiative of PEC in providing jobs opportunities to the engineers. He said engineers play a vital role in the development of any nation, and he was proud to say that the multi-national foreign firms would find the most dependable lot of Pakistani Engineers in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.
The governor extended congratulations to the PEC for its efforts in becoming provincial member of the Washington Accord, and regular member of Mobility Forum which was an open testament of their commitment and excellence. He said under the Washington Accord their worthy engineers could launch their professional career in the signatory countries without further certification requirements.
Earlier, Chairman PEC Syed Abdul Qadir Shah and Job Fair Convener Engineer Zahid Arif also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the basic concept behind the job fair. Engineer Zahid Arif disclosed that during the first ever engineering job fair, more than 7500 engineers were registered from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA on the first day of the job fair.
He said on the first day different international companies offered 250 jobs while national companies offered 100 jobs to the engineers. They stated that efforts of the PEC Peshawar would create job opportunities in foreign multinational firms in Peshawar rather than sending them abroad which would save the much needed capital.
They disclosed that hundreds of jobs would be sought for which candidates would be selected both from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. They assured that they would extend all out support to improve the socio-economic condition of the country.
Later, the governor gave away shields and certificates to the representatives of many multi-national firms, universities and other commercial institutions on their active support in making the job fair successful.