November 28, 2018
Mr. Tojo expressing his views as a panelist at the event
Lahore; November 28, 2018: The 3rd SME Conference was held on November 27 -28 in Lahore Arts Council, Lahore. The Conference was organized to understand and develop recommendations for policy makers, researchers and development practitioners to cope with challenges of entrepreneurship development, sustainability and regional integration under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo, Chief Representative of JICA Pakistan Office attended as the panelists, for one of the five sessions called "Sustainable Development".
Requested to share his recognition regarding the textile sector in Pakistan, with the relationship of JICA's activities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mr.Tojo shared his view as "Since 2016, JICA is implementing one technical cooperation project for skill development and market diversification in Industry Sector, with Textile Division, Ministry of Commerce and Textile Industry. Particularly in Punjab Province, Japanese experts are sharing their knowledge and experience for strengthening management capacities of two related training institutes, and another newly established female exclusive training institute. JICA is now proceeding another technical support for auto parts manufacturing industry, and I think these approach can lead to SDG8, such as "promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all".
In the 2nd turn of the panel discussion, Mr.Tojo was asked to share JICA's experience for the support for non-formal-education, and he expressed his views as "In Pakistan, the number of population of children, whose age is 5 to 16, is exceeding 50 million. However, approximately 22 million among them are not going to school. In order to secure the opportunities for these children to access to education, the role of non-formal-education is significant. Base on this recognition, JICA started technical support in Punjab Province more than 10 years ago, and contributed to the improvement of information system, curriculum and textbook for non-formal-education. Now these activities are implemented not only in Punjab but also in other regions, such as Balochistan and Sindh. Furthermore, JICA is providing grant aid in Sindh Province for the construction of elementary schools, particularly in order for raising the number of girls who can go to schools. I think these activities can be beneficial for SDG4, "Quality Education".