Press release: PSDF represents Pakistan as skills expert at the GSG Global Impact Summit 2020

By Team BitBol, 

CEO Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF), Jawad
Khan, spoke at the GSG Global Impact Summit 2020 in the session on ‘Upskilling the
Unemployed’ to discuss the importance of impact investment in training and an outcome-
based approach to re-skilling and up-skilling programmes targeting the vulnerable and
unemployed.
The GSG Summit attracts changemakers from across the world, to work on a just and
impact-led recovery that benefits all people and the planet. This year’s virtual summit
focused on how to place impact at the heart of COVID-19 response and recovery and bring
forward solutions that can help rally and re-build. The 3 day summit, spanning 9th to 11th
September, brought forward influential speakers from 32 countries across the world, from
the public and private sector, such as Achim Steiner, The Administrator of the UNDP,
Emmanuel Faber, CEO at Danone, Jessica Alba, founder at The Honest Company and
Ibukun Awosika, Chair at the First Bank of Nigeria.
The 2 nd day of the Summit included the session on ‘Upskilling the Unemployed’ which looked
at the adverse economic impact of Covid-19, and ideated on impact investment and
outcome-based vehicles that could be promising to achieve scale and maximum social
outcomes.
At the session, CEO PSDF, Jawad Khan joined as one of the prime speakers on global
labour market trends and the challenges and opportunities brought forward by the Covid-19
pandemic, and focused on how ‘pay for success’ financing and schemes can help ensure a
rapid and fair recovery. He further expanded on PSDF’s involvement in leading a number of
cross-sector partnerships in the skilling space, such as the National Accelerator on closing
the skills gap (Parwaaz), that identifies high-growth sectors and declining and emerging job
roles, to skill, re-skill and upskill the current and future workforce.
Other speakers at the session included Annie Plancher, Vice President of Staff and Strategy
at Social Finance US, Maha Keramane, Head of Microfinance and Social
Entrepreneurship from BNP Paribas, and Dr. Swapan Bala, Professor at University of
Dhaka.

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