Italy to invest 40 million euros for youth development across Pakistan


By Nasir Aijaz
AsiaN Representative

Islamabad: Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo said that the Italian government plans investing 40 million euros in Pakistan for the development of youth across the country.

The ambassador was speaking at the inauguration ceremony in relation to a week-long Program for Poverty Reduction (PPR) in collaboration with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.

“Sixty-five per cent of Pakistan’s population is under 35 and there is immense potential in the youth. Italy hopes to invest more in youth development policies to empower the future of the country,” he said.

The trainings were especially conducted for communities based in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including the region formerly known as Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata), to uplift socio-economic conditions.

Emanuela Benini, Director Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Pakistan, speaking on the occasion, said that it was a delight to see the impact of PPR training sessions for communities in Pakistan and hope that everyone had an insightful week of learning.

The program runs in 14 districts covering 38 union councils (grass-root level administrative/local government units) with 17 partner organizations. The goal of the program is poverty reduction through the creation of sustainable conditions of economic development.

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