Turkey to establish Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Management in Islamabad

Minister Shafqat Mahmood and Minister Serdar Çam looked into new possible opportunities of partnership in technical training, culture, tourism sector and education.

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As per a statement released on Wednesday, Pakistan and Turkey have agreed on establishing a Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Management in the federal capital.

The project was in the final procedure during a meeting between Shafqat Mahmood, Education, Professional Training and National Heritage, and Dr. Serdar Çam, Turkish Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister. The meeting was held in Ankara.

During the conference, Minister Shafqat Mahmood and Minister Serdar Çam looked into new possible opportunities of partnership in technical training, culture, tourism sector and education. Mahmood explained to the Turkish personage the potential of Pakistan’s tourism sector. Further on, he said that domestic tourism had reached its peak in Pakistan during 2019, but he also shed light on the importance of more efforts to attract tourists.

Previously, a delegation led by the minister paid a visit to TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency) headquarters and were informed by Prof Dr. Birol Çetin, Vice President of TIKA, about the country’s global operations and those done in Pakistan.

He said that since 2010, when TIKA was brought in Pakistan, it has completed 148 projects, in sectors of education, skills development, health, women empowerment, and employment generation. The Turkish organization showed the will to do more projects in the country, regarding technical education and vocational training.

Minister Mahmood stated that Pakistan is setting up a National Skills University in Islamabad and Centre of Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism Management will be a part of its campus. He said that the Pakistan Government is revising the education curriculum to make it relatable to market needs. This will include prioritizing technical education and vocational training.

The Pakistani delegation also met with Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s senior advisor. Mahmood showed his admiration to the people and Turkish leaders for supporting Pakistan on its core national interest.

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