35 men and women entrepreneurs from District Swat participated in “Islamabad Handicrafts and Women Entrepreneurs' exhibition held in Islamabad. The entrepreneurs from Swat displayed dried Red Persimmon, Black Persimmon, handmade jewelry and handicrafts. Besides enormous linkages development with a wide range of stakeholders, the entrepreneurs sold products of worth 221,000 PKR during the exhibition. The entrepreneurs are being trained under the Government of Australia funded GEF project and EU funded PEACE project. The exhibition was organized by Islamabad Chamber of commerce.
The representatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and UNDP stressed the need for adopting innovative ways to address the issues of unemployment and lack of livelihood opportunities in the merged districts. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister of Finance and Planning Taimur Jhagra and resident representative of UNDP Ignacio Artaza were speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate vocational training for 500 youth from the merged districts of Khyber, North and South Waziristan. The train ing is being organized at the Human Resource Centre of the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) in Hayatabad. The six-month training is being funded by the USAID through UNDP in a project being implemented by the SRSP in the three districts. The youth are being imparted training in different trades including solar panel, auto mechanic, motorcycle, refrigeration and air-condition repairing. The trainings are certified by the City and Guild London.