As a chief guest, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India attended an event titled “Creating Employment & Entrepreneurial Opportunities through Professional and Technical Education” conference, organized by Shimla University at Himachal Pradesh on March 10, 2018.

In the opening remarks of the conference, the Afghan Ambassador highlighted Afghanistan’s role in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and spoke about the latest developments and updates in regards to Chabahar Port, TAPI, CASA1000 and Lapis Lazuli Projects.

 While addressing the current challenges in South Asian region, Dr. Abdali spoke on how education can bring forth capacities in the SAARC region that will help in addressing the most pressing needs and tackling the unemployment situation in the SAARC region.

Dr. Abdali briefed the participants about the current status of Afghanistan in providing technical and professional education to Afghan youth and India’s contribution in building capacities of Afghan youth.

Talking about ways to address the unemployment challenges in South Asian region, Dr. Abdali stressed over the importance of taking strides in promoting quality education and following appropriate education policies. Afghan Ambassador took growth and development as essential tool in creating better job opportunities.

Dr. Abdali during his speech, emphasized on the need to create opportunities in South Asia through creating knowledge economy, addressing technology gap, creating educational systems which are responsive to challenges, promoting basic education as well as organizing vocational trainings in partnership with Private sector.

The Afghan Ambassador also noted upon improving labour laws accompanied by improved social protection for labours while creating jobs.

 The participants of the conference included Prof. Tirth Kumar Kanahiya, Vice Chancellor, Tribhuvan University-Nepal, Dr. Arun Sharma, Secretary Education-Government of Himachal Pradesh, Bharat Kumar Regmi, Charge de Affairs- Embassy of Nepal, Ashwani Kumar, Chancellor APG-Shimla University, ambassadors and diplomats from the African countries and South Asian as well as state government officials from North-East India such as Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.




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