Italy plans to invest 40 million euros in Pakistan in education development and youth policy

“65% of Pakistan’s population is under 35''.



Mr. Stefano Pontecovero, Italian ambassador for Pakistan, revealed that the Italian government has planned to invest around 40 million euros in various programs including education development strategies, youth policies, infrastructure, and health. They have decided to collaborate with PPAF (Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund) in this regard.

As per his statement, “65% of Pakistan’s population is under 35, the immense potential lies in the youth of Pakistan and Italy hopes to invest more in youth development policies to empower the future of the country and contribute towards a prosperous tomorrow.”

The Italian Ambassador addresses people at an event arranged in the beginning days of the PPR training program directed by PPAF along with Luiss Business School as well as the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. These training sessions were arranged with a goal to raise the social, economic conditions of KPK, Balochistan, and Fata.

They were attended by numerous people including Stefano Pontecovero who is the Italian ambassador of Pakistan along with the director of (IADC) Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Pakistan, Miss Emanuela Benini, the CEO of PPAF, Azmat Isa, and Miss Simi Kamal who is currently leading the PPAF programs.

Miss Benini, director IADC Pakistan, while addressing the ceremony, mentioned:

“We are delighted to see the impact of PPR training sessions for communities in Pakistan and hope that everyone had an insightful week of learning. We now look forward to the participants’ contributions towards sustainable development for their respective areas.”

Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, also applauded the efforts made by the government of Italy regarding the matter and emphasized on the fact that without making such efforts, these sessions would have been challenging to manage.

He said: “Positive interventions cannot be done in isolation, it is imperative for multiple stakeholders, including academia, NGOs, governments to collaborate and work towards bringing a sustainable change.”

PPAF is currently operating in 14 districts of the country, and it covers various union councils (around 38) in alliance with different partner companies (about 17) with the aim to reduce poverty by creating sustainable conditions of economic as well as social development, which includes an increase in production capacity and income.

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