The vision of Hunar Foundation (THF) is to create a new cadre of skilled Pakistanis with internationally recognized technical qualifications, thus opening up a new world of opportunities. Subsequently, HarKaam was launched to facilitate 1 million earning opportunities in Pakistan in the next 5 years.

To accelerate the achievement of this common dream, The Hunar Foundation joined hands with HarKaam and signed an MOU with HarKaam at The Hunar Foundation Korangi Campus, to strengthen and enable the gig economy in Pakistan.

This collaboration will facilitate the students, trainees and alumni of THF, providing them with an enabled digital platform & app to maximize their earning opportunities through leveraging digital tools. HarKaam and The Hunar Foundation will be working together to make the gig economy one of the biggest contributors to the GDP of Pakistan.

Chairman of The Hunar Foundation Mr Aslam Khaliq, expressed his delight at partnering with HarKaam and said “Pakistan is being introduced to digital transformation, and we are glad to play our part in it by partnering up with a home-grown freelancing and service marketplace, as HarKaam. We want to take this opportunity to enable the freelancers and service providers to digitally cater to the local market,

Founder and CEO of HarKaam, Khurram Bashir, stressed the importance of promoting local talent. “We have to provide young people every possible opportunity to not only make a living but build their skill sets. This partnership with The Hunar Foundation is a key milestone in creating million income opportunities for the youth of Pakistan.”

Mr Ali Faraz Siddiqui, Chief Operating Officer THF, was also present on this occasion. He expressed his views by saying, “With the prevailing economic conditions and the increasing demand of learning new skill sets and applying them to generate supplemental income streams, a comprehensive local platform such as HarKaam is the need of the hour, to ensure the digital inclusion of freelancers and service providers to participate in lifting the economy in these trying times.”

HarKaam’s Co-Founder Omar Abedin reiterated the company’s commitment to create income opportunities. “We started HarKaam with an underlying vision of creating opportunities for young people, which is the need of the hour, given the challenging economic environment we are facing as a nation. This will not only stimulate the local economy but prepare the fast-growing Pakistani freelancing community for opportunities from across the globe.”

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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