Addressing inaugural ceremony of a vocational training institute at Garments City, Chairman FIEDMC Mian Kashif Ashfaq said that vocational training was imperative for national progress and prosperity. He said that initially this institute would provide education and training in garment product manufacturing, but later on more programs will be introduced.
“FIEDMC is concentrating to establish state-of-the-art vocational training institutes in its industrial zones”, he said. He said that FIEDMC’s industrial zones had industries in many sectors including automobile, steel, pharmaceutical and textile garments, which needed a huge number of technically trained staff.
Earlier, FIEDMC Chairman Mian Kashif Ashfaq along with Major (retired) Shah Nawaz Badar inaugurated the vocational training institute while Chairman Zakat Committee Faisalabad Rana Javed Ashraf, Muzammal Sultan and others were also present on the occasion.
FIEDMC’s role in reviving Pakistan’s industrial sector
FIEDMC has been serving as a key government entity in developing and diversifying the economy of Pakistan through the creation of industrial zones. It was formally registered under company’s ordinance in 1984 with aim to foster economic development and has currently undertaken three projects of national importance. Their first project of Value Addition City has been a massive success and has been applauded for offering state-of-the-art infrastructure, affordable land, top-notch facilities and dedicated business support services.
M-3 Industrial City which enjoys the perks of being an SEZ is another fruitful project which was launched by FIEDMC. It is the largest industrial state in Pakistan launched to support the development of the manufacturing sector through provision of top-tier infrastructure and an environmental-friendly estate management. Comprising of over more than 4500 acres of land accommodating Chemicals, Auto motives, Textile, Pharmaceuticals, Information Technology etc., M-3 Industrial City is a huge project with enormous potential.
Allama Iqbal Industrial City
Allama Iqbal Industrial City, which is one of the nine SEZ’s to be built in Pakistan under CPEC is being developed by FIEDMC too. The SEZ’s are referred to as the lifelines of Pakistan’s industrial development as once operational, they would be able to create around 2 million jobs. They would also enhance exports and would help in uplifting several other sectors of the economy.
FIEDMC’S launches IQTM training center
FIEDMC also launched IQTM training center earlier this year. At the inauguration ceremony of the IQTM training center, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar Chairman applauded FIEDMC Kashif Ashfaq for his achievement of completing this project in the least possible time. “It will provide skilled manpower to the industrial units to be established in the Special Economic Zone, Allama Iqbal Industry City and other industrial zones “, said Sarwar. The governor added that linkages between the industry and academia were essential for national development. He stressed that the universities and FIEDMC should collaborate to guarantee provision of skilled manpower for the industrial sector. There are several opportunities in the business sector but only those nations which maintain quality and standard can avail these opportunities, he said.
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Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar Vice Chancellor Punjab University also addressed the function and pledged that they would offer all sorts of support to FIEDMC for training of their manpower. Chairman FIEDMC Mian Kashif Ashfaq said that during PM Khan’s recent visit to Faisalabad, it was suggested that a training center for the industrial workforce should be established. FIEDMC immediately acted on the suggestion and launched IQTM Training Center to upskill manpower and expand their capabilities.