National Freelance Training Program (NFTP) held its first graduation ceremony at The University of Education, Lahore Campus. The ceremony was presided by Punjab Minister for Higher Education and IT Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz. Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Azfar Manzoor, Vice Chancellor University of Education Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha (S.I.), PITB DG e-Governance Sajid Latif and Head of Freelance wing Ahmed Islam Syan along with the team were present at the event. While addressing the graduates Raja Yassir Humayun said, “Pakistan is ranked among the top five freelancing countries in South Asia. With a highly talented and enthusiastic youth, initiatives like NFTP are helping expand the freelance eco-system across the nation.” He also congratulated the graduates and appreciated The Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication (MoIT&T) and PITB for their dedication and support in strengthening the freelance eco-system in Pakistan. Chairman PITB Azfar Manzoor emphasized on how NFTP is contributing in training the youth to go the entrepreneurial way and become part of the 1.5 trillion USD Gig economy and commented, “Pakistan is ranked among the top five freelance countries in South Asia. Through initiatives like NFTP, PITB is making a significant contribution in empowering the youth and promoting the freelance market.” An initiative of MoIT&T, NFTP executed by PITB, is designed to provide training in certain areas to aspiring freelancers across the nation. The program seeks to achieve sustainable economic growth through women empowerment, reduced inequality and gender balance.