MSDE to help Afganistan in skill development to advance its economic development

An Afghanistan delegation led by their deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai today met the Union minister for skill development and entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, to explore possible collaborations with India to strengthen the skill ecosystem of Afghanistan.

Karzai said that Afghanistan is undertaking significant reforms to structure its labour market and develop a skilled workforce to advance its economic development. The delegation sought support from the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship(MSDE) to undertake a skill gap study of the workforce in its country to identify potential sectors where skill development courses could be initiated.

Rudy informed the delegation about the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) that provides the approach to skill development training in the country, and invited the delegation to nominate students from its country who could come and undertake 1 year skill development courses in India. He offered Afghanistan a platform where students could be enrolled in entrepreneurial development courses through the International Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme of the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD).

A MoU may be signed between the two sides through which a Joint Working Group (JWG) would be constituted to take things forward.

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