On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the IT Industry could be the basis for the growth in the export of services.
During his address, PM termed the information technology industry the basis for the growth in export services, he said that as the growth of the country was connected to the adoption of the latest modes of science and technology so the digitization and cyber connectivity should be promoted.
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Mr. Khan was in the ceremony of awarding almost Rs 1.3 billion in contracts by the Universal Service Funds to cellular network providers to provide voice and high-speed mobile broadband data services in parts of Balochistan and Sindh.
USF and Jazz contract will cover Khairpur, Sukkur, and Ghotki in Sindh, while the contract between USF and Ufone will cover Bolan, Jhal Magsi, Ziarat, and Kalat in Balochistan. USF CEO Haris Mahmood Chaudhary, Ufone CEO Rashid Khan, and Jazz CEO Aamir Ibrahim signed contracts.
PM Imran while reiterating the importance of IT for the growth in the export of services said that this was in line with the government’s vision to uplift deprived parts of Sindh and Balochistan through a network of internet connectivity. He added that these provinces had been deprived due to the unequal development in Pakistan that has highly affected these regions. The Karakoram Highway in Gilgit Baltistan has connected unreachable areas and will help to improve the standard of living and educational facilities.
Moreover, people existing in such areas want the facility of e-learning and distance learning facilities via services of mobile phones. “The MoU would lead to wider connectivity in these remote areas of Sindh and Balochistan, thus paving a way for development and prosperity,” he said. The spread of the internet system can help in achieving adult literacy and it would be vital for the 5th industrial revolution.