Turkey to Form a Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality in Pakistan

Pakistan and Turkey have made an agreement to form a center of excellence in tourism and hospitality and management in the federal capital.

Both sides also searched for further opportunities for having collaboration in technical training, education, culture, and the tourism sector.

While briefing the Turkish dignitary regarding the potential of the tourism sector of Pakistan, Shafqat Mahmood said that the domestic return in Pakistan has attained its peak during the present year however emphasized that the need for more efforts to attract more foreign tourists still persists.

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He also extended his gratitude to the people and to the leadership of Turkey for standing by Pakistan on the matters of its core national interest, especially the Kashmir issue.

He also gave assurance of Pakistan’s support on issues that concerns Turkey.

 Both the countries expressed the hope that the forthcoming Pakistan visit of the Turkish President—Erdogan would be providing further momentum to the bilateral relations.

Previously, the Pakistan delegation headed by Shafqat Mehmood paid a visit to the Turkish cooperation and coordination agency—TIKA headquarters and were given a briefing by its vice president—Prof Dr. Birol Cetin regarding the global as well as its operations in Pakistan.

He informed that since 2013 when the TIKA office was first built in Pakistan, TIKA has undertaken nearly 148 projects in Pakistan in the different sectors focusing on health, skills, education, employment generation, and women empowerment.

The Turkish side showed a keen willingness for doing more projects in the area of technical education and vocational training.

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