A virtual meeting was held on October 12, 2020 between the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) team and GIZ Build4Skills project officials for them to learn the process of APACC accreditation and certification and the fees required to go through the process. This is in preparation for the application for accreditation of four technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutes in Pakistan namely Government College of Technology (GCT) Peshawar, GCT Faisalabad, GCT Hyderabad, and GCT Taxila.

Clockwise from top left: Mr. Sharjeel Farooq Malik, Liaison Officer, Global Project Build4Skills; Mr. Per Borjegren, Education Specialist, ADB; Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General and APACC President; and Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput, CPSC Faculty Specialist and APACC Accreditor from Pakistan. Inset: Ms. Adrienne Abril, APACC Officer.

Mr. Sharjeel Farooq Malik, Project Liaison Officer and Mr. Per Borjegren, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Education Specialist initially imparted information regarding the project. Global Project Build4Skills was commissioned by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in partnership with ADB and Siemens for Mongolia and Pakistan. The National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) of Pakistan is the lead executing agency for the country which also recommended the four above-mentioned institutions for accreditation. This project is committed to strengthening trainings’ practical aspects.

The team, headed by the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Director General and APACC President Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, discussed the process of application up to certification, timeline, fees required, and other information to start the process. Team members included Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput, CPSC Faculty Specialist and APACC Accreditor and Ms. Adrienne Abril, APACC Officer.