Prime Minister Imran Khan has unveiled the commemoration at a ceremony in Chinarbagh, Gilgit to lay the foundation of first Information Technology (IT) Park in Hunza located in Nasirabad.
On Friday, PM laid foundation for Hunza’s first IT Park, established by Special Communications Organisation (SCO) and the Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan (AKFP).
Moreover, according to the press release, the IT Park in Hunza will provide state-of-the-art infrastructure with uninterrupted power supply, high-speed internet facility and a co-working space for small and growing businesses, start-ups, freelancers, and chamber of commerce.
Imran Khan, while highlighting the opportunities in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), said, “I am pleased to witness the recent remarkable developments in the communication and information technology sector, which is reflected in the development of mobile services such as the launch of 4G and broadband services, as well as digital solutions related to cloud-based data centres, and these are all indicators of very positive progress in the region.”
Major General Shahid Siddeeq, DG SCO informed the participants about various projects of SCO in the region which include the China optical fiber link, fiber-to-home service, satellite communications for remote areas, cloud-based data center, incubation center and IT parks.
Highlighting the significance of the Hunza IT Park, Akhtar Iqbal, CEO, AKF Pakistan, who also attended the ceremony, said, “The future of work is evolving fast, driven by exponential technological changes. Gilgit Baltistan has the potential to capitalize on the rapid changes by strengthening IT infrastructure which will act as the building block for digitally transforming the region’s economy.”
The event was attended by Asad Umar, Federal Minister Planning and Development, Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Major General Muhammad Shahid Siddeeq, DG Special Communications Organisation, Colonel Imran Mansoor.
Whereas, Sector Commander SCO Gilgit, Hafiz Sherali, President, Ismaili Council for Pakistan, Akhtar Iqbal, CEO Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan, Air Commodore Waqar Ahmed, Director Operations and External Affairs, Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan, Hammad Bin Abdul Khaliq, Joint Director Incubation, Punjab Information Technology Board and Osman Nasir, MD, Pakistan Software Export Board were also present in the event.