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USAID, UNDP provide skills training to Karachi youth

KARACHI:  U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director John Groarke visited a leading textile factory in Karachi.

He met young trainees learning garment manufacturing skills courtesy of the USAID-funded Youth Employment Project.

According to a statement issued here, USAID is working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to increase income and employment opportunities for Karachi youth as part of the $3 million Youth Employment Program.

“I was very impressed by the perseverance and accomplishments of the trainees I met today,” said Mr. Groarke. “USAID is proud to support these young women and men in developing skills that will help them build a more secure future for themselves and their families.”

Over the course of three years, USAID and UNDP’s initiative will train more than 13,760 young men and women in Lyari, Korangi, Sultanabad, and other areas of Karachi.

The project aims for at least 70 percent of those individuals to secure full-time employment.  Less than four months into the initiative, 1,832 people have enrolled, added the statement.

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