Pakistani Official Seeks US Assistance for Education Sector

    The U.S. should support the development of Punjab’s education sector, the Pakistani province’s chief minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, told a U.S. Agency for International Development delegation visiting Pakistan. The delegation was led by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, according to the News.

    Sharif said education is key to eliminating unemployment and ending extremism and terrorism in the country. He pointed to an ongoing vocational education and teachers’ training program, which according to him has already provided high-quality training for teachers in the province.

    The chief minister also asked the USAID delegation to extend assistance to Punjab’s agriculture, livestock and information technology sectors as well as Pakistan’s entire energy sector, the News added.

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