LONDON: Tabassum Saleem and Alexis BACHELAY (député des Hauts-de-Seine en 2012 et conseiller municipal d’opposition à Colombes) have represented France at the World Conference held by the International Human Rights Commission Federation.
Addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience Alexis BACHELAY stated:
“Tabassum Saleem (International Delegate) and me (expert advisor of Geopolitical Club) represent France. The Geopolitical Club (GC) is a Think Tank which specializes in complex geopolitical and strategic issues. It brings together French decision-makers, politicians and various personalities from civil society.
“The GC aims to establish a constructive dialogue through its various symposia, workshops and seminars, to open the field of possibilities with regard to crisis recovery.
“The GC also wants to promote sport which, based on its values of respect, solidarity, sharing and self-improvement, can become a great lever for the development and cohesion of societies and territories.
“Lastly, GC’s ultimate goal is to ensure global peace and the development of democracy and human rights. For an optimal result, GC plans to be active not only locally, in logic proximity and local development, but also internationally, and we want to engage cooperation with international networks which are sharing our values.
“As a French think tank we are especially sensitive to the situation of human rights in the world.As you know, France is often called “PATIE des droits de l’homme”. It’s sometimes true, and sometimes difficult. Any way our goal is to show that French people have a true and strong implication in this subject.
One word about the refugees’ crisis. If the authorities are having difficulties in achieving a real politics of hospitality, the light of humanism comes from civil society. Collectivities, associations, NGOs offer a possibility to believe in a better world and an active participation of many to defend human rights. We want to show them, to help them and so we are here for this too”.
US Govt. assistance in Pk. focuses on education!
KARACHI: U.S. Consul General JoAnne Wagner interacted with youth at a forum organized by the Karachi Rotaract Club and highlighted the role that youth can play for the welfare of society by promoting peace and harmony.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director for Sindh and Balochistan, John Smith-Screen also accompanied the Consul General on this visit. Dr. Anum Akram, Rotaract Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan provided an overview of Rotaract while Hassan Naviwala, Member Rotaract, outlined Rotaract’s programs and the Club’s role in the community.
With one of the highest youth populations in the world, Pakistan has a unique opportunity for social, political and economic progress. However, the challenge of keeping youth productively engaged is also enormous. Therefore the U.S. government is supporting the Government of Pakistan as well as private youth fora across the country and holds interactive sessions between youth and policy-makers, and provides grants to organizations that seek to promote social tolerance and community cohesion among young people.
“I’m pleased to see youth, like those gathered in this room tonight, taking steps and creating organizations and public spaces which are an essential platform for development,” said Consul General Wagner. “Many U.S. government assistance activities in Pakistan focus on education, training, employment opportunities, and more inclusive communities for youth.”
Consul General Wagner also highlighted some USAID programs supporting youth such as the Centers for Advanced Studies in various disciplines which send students and faculty on exchange programs to partnering U.S. universities. She also spoke of the support for building 118 schools and improving education in Sindh to allow millions of children to have a brighter future, as well as focused job-readiness training to youth and helping them find jobs or become entrepreneurs. Within Karachi, USAID has partnered with UNDP and Aman Foundation to provide job skills training to 21,500 young people. About 65% of those trained so far have found employment.
Royal Saudi jet crashes, crew members killed
AMMAN: An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Defence today announced that a Saudi Royal Jet, Hawk, crashed during a training mission in the northwest region yesterday (15th of October, 2018), leaving all crew members dead.
The Saudi News Agency quoted the official source as saying the Hawk aircraft crashed at 12 p.m while conducting a routine operational training mission.
An investigation was launched to find out the cause of the accident, the source added.
German business delegation due on 22nd Oct.
KARACHI: A thirty-member business delegation from Germany -representing important sectors like energy, engineering, security technology, financial services, and construction- will be on a two-day visit to Karachi, from 22ns October.
This delegation was the result of joint efforts by Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology; Pakistan Embassy in Berlin with support of Dr. Poetis, who is Honorary Consul General of Pakistan in Munich; the Embassy of Germany in Pakistan and the German Consulate in Karachi, President GPCCI, Qazi Sajid Ali told APP here today.
On the first day, German-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has arranged a conference on the trade and investment opportunities in Germany and Pakistan. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah is expected to inaugurate this programme.
Then, the delegation would visit Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, Sindh Board of Investment, Pakistan Business Council’s secretariat and the Governor House.
Qazi said that after a long period of time, a business delegation from Germany was coming to Karachi for business discussion with Pakistani counterparts and would finalize the projects of mutual interest for the bilateral business growth. Some of the German businessmen are also interested in the joint ventures. The visit would encourage German investment here and exports of Pakistani goods to Germany.