VIDEO: PM Khan elaborates how IT can play a central role in uplifting Pakistan’s under-developed areas

Digital Pakistan is our future, and by focusing on the IT sector, we can enhance our exports

Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that information technology could play a central role in uplifting Pakistan’s less-developed areas.

He said, “Digital Pakistan is our future, and by focusing on the IT sector, we can enhance our exports. Modern technology is of supreme importance in the fifth industrial revolution. We can introduce a virtual education system in remote areas to equip our youth with knowledge and skill.”

The PM addressed the signing ceremony on Wednesday to award PKR 1.28 billion contracts by the Universal Service Fund (USF) to cellular companies. The initiative would provide voice and high-speed mobile broadband data services to the remote areas of Sindh and Baluchistan.

PM Khan added, “The IT sector could create opportunities for backward and far-flung areas. Today’s agreement which was signed among the USF, Jazz, and Ufone would help the less-developed areas, especially the interior Sindh and Baluchistan, as they had been neglected in the past.”

The contract signed between the USF and Jazz will cover Sukkur, Khairpur, and Ghotki in Sindh. In contrast, the areas under the agreement signed between the USF and Ufone include Ziarat, Bolan, Jhal Magsi, and Kalat in Baluchistan.

Khan said, “The MoU would lead to broader connectivity in these remote areas, thus paving the way for growth and prosperity.”

He noted that Pakistan has the second-largest young population globally, which possesses ‘a vibrant potential.’ In this regard, the IT ministry should work further in harnessing the youth’s skills.

The premier said that setting up IT parks is also a significant step by the ministry, as it would positively affect the country’s exports.

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