Government starts ‘Smart Village’ project in all provinces

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The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications has launched a “Smart Village” project in the four provinces, Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The project will be financed and technically assisted by the International Telecommunication Union and Huawei Technologies, Pakistan. It will set up a center in a backward village provided with state-of-the-art equipment from which not only the people of the area will be trained to use IT facilities but they will also be encouraged to incorporate it in their daily life.

The Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication, Syed Aminul Haque, inaugurated the ceremony on Wednesday.

Speaking at the event, Haque said, “The Smart Village project is another step towards realizing Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of a Digital Pakistan. The Ministry of IT and Telecommunication through the USF has been partnering with ITU and Huawei to digitally transform remote and rural communities. The initiative will help combine and empower the communities through a range of digital services in the domain of health, education, business, and livelihood.”

“The project highlights the whole-of-government approach and encourages cross-sector collaboration to improve cost-effectiveness and resource sharing in delivering the services to citizens. Initially, one Smart Village will be established each at Islamabad, Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit-Baltistan”.

Haque added that the National Information Technology Board launched more than 30 mobile applications, government web portals, and websites related to public services.

He further went on to say that the outcomes of the steps taken under the Digital Pakistan Vision are now beginning to show. We have initiated the first e-cabinet, e-office, working on e-Parliament, and internet voting.

The Federal Minister also said that the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication would continue to undertake more challenging and prolific programs in the future for the advancement of IT and Telecommunication-related services.

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