PESHAWAR: Four validation workshops were conducted in Hotel Grand on 4th and 5th Jan 2023, organized by Khyber Pass Economic Corridor (KPEC) and Empowerment thru Creative integration (ECI).

Different stakeholders participated including SMEDA, KP-TEVTA, KP – EZDMC, KP-IT Board, KP BOIT, Bank of Khyber (BoK), Small Industrial Development Board (SIDB), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Khyber Chamber of Commerce, Women Chamber of Commerce Peshawar, Agriculture Research Institute (ARI). Moreover, the participants also include business associations and representatives of business clusters in the region.

KPEC is in the process of identifying potential clusters and improving their competitiveness, viz-a-viz international markets, in district Peshawar and Khyber. Based on the diagnostic study and training need assessment 500 individuals from selected clusters and 30 Master trainers from KP-TEVTA will be trained in enterprise development skills. In this regard, comprehensive training modules were developed and presented to the relevant stakeholders in validation workshops. The workshops were attended by key individuals from Business Communities, Government Departments, and identified clusters. Valuable inputs and suggestions shared by the participants were recorded during the validation workshops for incorporation into the training modules.

The closing ceremony of the validation workshop was graced by Mr. Sohail Khan, Director General, SDU P&D Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He appreciated the activity and underscored the importance of the inputs and suggestions of the stakeholders. He also thanked the participants and stressed the need for continuous dialogue with the business communities for wider economic development and prosperity of the region. (PR)

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