The government is determined to provide access to education to the backward sections of the society, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal addressed the meeting. Islamabad. November 30 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Measures, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said that access to higher education is the most important need of the hour to achieve the development goals of the country, while the current government has neglected the backward sections of the society. is committed to provide access to education. These views were expressed by the federal minister while addressing the International Summit on Higher Education and Manpower Development on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, the Federal Minister said that the summit is a timely initiative in the context of Pakistan's development priorities as there is a long history of US support for Pakistan's higher education system, ranging from primary and basic education. Including the establishment of centers of excellence to strengthen the higher education system. The ceremony was attended by US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Bloom, Utah State Senator Dr. Keith Grover, Chairman Higher Education Commission HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and others. of The Federal Minister further said that the youth in Pakistan are not only concerned about their future education but also about their livelihood, their mental health and well-being. The Ministry of Planning is already taking steps to support their health, especially psychological support. It should be noted that the youth unemployment rate in Pakistan is estimated to be between 8.5 and 10 percent, 80 percent of the youth workforce has low levels of education. is low and is mainly due to differences in the quality, accessibility and relevance of skills. The Federal Minister further said that we as a nation face key challenges on how to equip our youth population with the knowledge and skills needed to support the national development agenda and priorities, and on the other hand, if we are to develop the skills of our youth. If it fails to use it in the right direction, it will be a missed opportunity. This international summit will be a series of policy dialogues, symposiums, seminars and expert consultations on issues related to higher education to advance sustainable development. It is the first meeting.