Gwadar, 11 January 2023 (TDI): The tetra-partite agreement was signed between Pakistan and China to promote vocational education cooperation.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the Shandong Institute of Commerce and Technology (SICT), Gwadar Port Authority (GPA), University of Gwadar (UoG), and China Overseas Ports Holding Company (COPHC).

A signing ceremony for the joint operating agreement of the Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute took place in Gwadar Business Centre.

The initiative is taken under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Students and professionals from all walks of life participated in the event.

Overview of the MoU

According to the agreement, the four parties will be collectively responsible for the operation and management of the institute. For this purpose, an executive body will establish for policy-making and implementation.

Notably, Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute (PCT & VI) is one of the many grant projects initiated in Gwadar by China. The completion and transfer to the Gwadar Port Authority of the $10 million mega-project occurred in September 2021.

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The Gwadar community is strongly in favor of this program. It is one of the many programs the Chinese government does to assist people’s means of subsistence.

The institute graduated 130 local students majoring in various technical fields as part of the preliminary operation program run by the National Vocational and Technical Commission of Pakistan (NAVTTC).

Following its transfer, short courses and long diploma certifications in conventional and non-conventional fields will be provided. They will focus on the greater relevance of port and free zone operations.

Benefits of the MoU

Gwadar Port Authority will supply spaces and supporting facilities to meet the requirements of teaching, office, and accommodation in the existing new building of PCT & VI.

It will cooperate with all government departments to handle relevant procedures as per Pakistan laws and regulations. The authority will also coordinate with COPHC for internship and preferential employment of qualified students of PCT & VI.

The University of Gwadar will be responsible for the operationalization of the institute at international standards.

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It is pertinent to note that the organized relationship between the parties is vital to provide young graduates with options for later on-the-job training and, ultimately, employment. The initiative will produce more qualified labor for the local community.