Chinese Language and Skill Development for Special Economic Zones

Chinese Language and Skill Development for Special Economic Zones

The initiative seeks collaboration with Government of China for Chinese Language and Training and Skill Development in the Chinese Language of manpower of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), under Joint Venture framework. In particular, the focus is to impart aforementioned training in 10 KPTEVTA run institutes around Industry Clusters of Rashakai, Hattar, Dera Ismail Khan, Karak and Mansehra.

The project will give the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa capability to provide demand driven skills to serve the Chinese-owned industries and establishments in K-P and elsewhere. It will enhance improved employability of, and meaningful contribution by the youth of the province. Further, it will result in to the socio-economic development of the province.

The Chinese language and Skills Development Program will be designed to run in two parts, in collaboration with the expertise and support of Chinese partnering organization:

  • Part-1: For three months, where the skill of listening, reading and writing of Chinese will be taught through an integrated communicative approach.
  • Part-2: Based on the demands shared by the Chinese, Pakistani and foreign companies for skilled workers KP-TEVTA will launch competency based training in Chinese under Chinese-aligned curriculum.

Under the proposed Joint Venture, KP-TEVTA will bear the cost of building renovation, machinery, equipment, tools and all operation cost of 10 training institutions, while the expected Chinese partnering organization will bear the cost for the instructors, design of curriculum and courses, professional & technical management. The initial investment cost typically comes to around to US $ 1.2 million. From these 10 centers around 3000 highly skilled workers who are well versed in Chinese Language, will be available in the market annually.

The entire initiative is an attractive opportunity for Government of China to fulfil the objective of Shared Prosperity under CPEC. Furthermore, it will encourage and give confidence to more Chinese firms to operate in Pakistan utilizing local manpower.

For facilitation of investors, K-P government has setup professional institutions like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade (KPBOIT) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zone Development and Management Company (KPEZDMC), and has also enacted business friendly Industrial and Investment Policies.