ISLAMABAD: Energy minister Muhammad Ali inaugurated the country's first national career expo for the oil, gas and mineral sector on Sunday, aiming to attract young talent to the vital industries.
The two-day 'Fueling Futures Career Expo 2024, organised by the Ministry of Energy and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), drew about 5,000 students from across Pakistan, as well as representatives from 14 energy and mineral companies and 30 universities and schools.
Minister Ali said the expo was an opportunity for students to learn from the leaders of the sector and explore career options in the fields of energy and minerals, which he said were undergoing a massive transformation globally.
"Pakistan is energy deficient and an oil importer. Hence there is opportunity to convert the energy deficiency to surplus. Also, there are many in demand mineral resources in the country with opportunities for their extraction in future," he said in his keynote address.
He advised students to make their career decisions based on future environment and needs with energy and minerals being critical sectors.
PPL's managing director and chief executive Imran Abbasy welcomed the large turnout of students and thanked the participating companies and universities for making the expo a success.
"The platform provides an opportunity for students to interact with the leaders of the energy and minerals industry and to learn from their experiences with the view to selecting, pursuing careers in oil, gas and mineral sector," he added.
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