LAHORE: Acute shortage of adequately skilled personnel at various levels of public and private sector organisations is a major constraint to the growth of economy.
This was the consensus developed at a conference on ‘HR development in infrastructure and transport’, organised by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, an international institution with worldwide membership of almost 40,000 professionals in the logistics and transport sector.
LCCI President Mohammad Ali Mian, former Planning Commission deputy chairman Dr M Akram Sheikh, Commerce and Investment Secretary Tahir Raza Naqvi, SSP Traffic Police Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, Department of Transport Engineering and Management Chairman Professor Dr Tanvir Iqbal Qayyum and World Bank consultant Sardar Mohammad Humayun spoke on the occasion.
This was the second of a series of events planned by the LCCI and CILT for this year, focusing on various aspects of economy that needed urgent improvement.
LCCI President Mohammad Ali Mian, in his address, mentioned that it was a well-known fact that Pakistan suffered from a dearth of infrastructure including water and irrigation, power and energy as well as transport and logistics. As a result of these inadequacies, economic activities in the country were placed at a disadvantage.
He pointed out that LCCI members were experiencing many hardships in doing business, which undermined their competitiveness in a demanding global market.
One of the main inadequacies that had been identified was the shortage of adequately skilled human resource in these sectors for a wide range of disciplines requiring university and college education as well as vocational training for non-graduate personnel. A collective and concerted effort was needed to pool the resources of all stakeholders to address the important issue.
Former Planning Commission deputy chairman Dr M Akram Sheikh gave an enlightened and candid view on the subject to a large number of stakeholders representing the business community, the academia and vocational training institutions, government departments, engineers and professionals in the infrastructure, transport and logistic sectors.
The proceedings of the conference were summed up by Punjab’s Commerce and Investment Secretary Tahir Raza Naqvi, who was the chairman of the technical session.
Earlier, a presentation was given by World Bank consultant Sardar Mohammed Humayun Khan, which highlighted the complex issues involved and a roadmap to effectively address them.
SSP Traffic Police Lahore Ghulam Mahmood Dogar emphasised the need of establishing a network of driver training schools and vehicle examination facilities within the private sector to supplement the inadequate facilities presently available. These facilities, he added, would go a long way in addressing traffic issues.
Department of Transport Engineering and Management Chairman Professor Dr Tanvir Iqbal Qayyum provided a summary of the current institutions imparting technical education all over the country together with numerous subjects related to infrastructure and transport.
A lively debate among the participants followed, which emphasised the need of taking urgent steps to deal with the inadequacy.
Source: The News, 6/6/2008