BEIJING: Federal Minister for Youth Affairs Shahid Hussain Bhutto has said that he wants to increase the exchange of youth delegations to visit after every six months instead of yearly basis among the youths of Pakistan and China. Speaking at a reception hosted at Pakistan House by Ambassador Masood Khan for the country’s youth delegation on their last leg of China visit here on Saturday evening, Minister Shahid Bhutto said that he not only support to increase the visit from one year to six months, but also like to enhance the existing strength of 100 to 200 youths.
This step, he said would further help the youths of both the countries to understand each other in a better way. The reception was also attended by Chinese youths, students including those studying Urdu language here in different universities, businessmen and traders working on various projects in Pakistan, scholars, journalists and teachers.
“This is the third group of Pakistani youths delegation visiting China in line with the announcement made by Chinese President Hu Jintao during his visit to Pakistan in 2006 in which he invited 500 youths from Pakistan over the period of 5?Year”, he noted. Likewise, he said that Pakistan was also inviting 100 Chinese youths every year, and the next batch is scheduled in June 2009 in his country.
The Youth Affairs Minister giving details to media on various projects said that Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in Larkana on Saturday distributed placement orders among the youths under National Internship Programme. To start with, he said that thirty thousand youth will get benefit from this scheme and in the next financial year, we plan to increase it between 50 to 70 thousand.
The minister said that another initiative is the establishment of “Youth Fund” under which financial assistance would be provided to setting up small business. He said that we also plan to initially set up 100 Youth Centers at Tehsil level, where facilities like library, computer and internet connection would be made available from where the youth can get information from all over the world and also find job opportunities for themselves.
The delegation that started their visit from Urumqi on April 17 met and exchange views on youth affairs with their Chinese counterparts. They also visited Beihang University of Aeronautic and Astronautic in Beijing. The President Chinese Youth Federation Mr. Wang Xiau also held a meeting with the Pakistani Youth delegation and discussed matter on Youth affairs with the Minister Shahid Bhutto.
Welcoming the delegation at the Pakistan House, Ambassador Khan said that young people of the two countries have not only inherited the deep rooted friendship, but they are determined to carry it forward to the next generation and the generation thereafter.
In this context, Ambassador Khan said that the exchange of youth delegations, first proposed by President Hu Jintao in 2006 is so important. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani also attached highest importance to enhance interaction between young men and women of our two countries.
The purpose of exchanges, the Ambassador Khan said is fourfold; to know each other better, to establish contacts, to promote understanding and know each other culture and civilization and lastly to deepen strategic partnership and to strengthen economic relationship between the two countries. Before leaving here from home on Monday, the delegation will meet the Vice?Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Mr. Wang Zhao Guo at the Great Hall of the people.-APP