KARACHI: Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) are being widely used in development sector, especially in Education, Health, Agriculture and Good Governance.
E-Karachi has been launched as a Public-Private sector initiative, involving Commissioner Karachi, Deputy Collectors of respective districts, Universities, NGOs, Pakistan Institute of ICTs for Development (PIITD) is coordinating the joint working of all stake holders.
Inauguration of eKarachi was held at Bahria Auditorium. Commissioner Karachi was the host of the event, who had to go to Islamabad for some urgent meeting and hence he sent a video message for the success of eKarachi. He was represented by Additional Deputy Commissioner Karachi South and Additional Deputy Commissioner Central. Academia was represented by Professor Dr SM Taha of Karachi University and Professor Waheeduddin of MAJU. A large Number of representatives from various social sector and IT professionals were also present.
Ammar Jaffri, CEO of PIITD and Head of the Cyber Security Task Force was the Key Note Speaker and gave a complete overview of the project eKarachi. This endeavour is to bring all stake-holders from public and private sector to expeditiously implement digitalization of all segments of Karachi through (ICT) Information and Communication Technology Applications.
Both Additional Deputy Commissioners shared their views on the subject and ensured that Government would fully support this initiative. It was proposed that they identify one UC in each District of Karachi, which would be digitalized as a model for other UCs.
Professor Dr SM Taha and Professor Waheeduddin explained the necessity of ICT applications for Development. Both of them promised that their Universities will fully support this initiative through their Faculty and Students.
APWO and CHAEF, both NGOs were represented and assured their support in implementation of the project. APWO announced that to overcome the Thar crisis eTHAR will be launched as soon as possible.
TELENOR’s Yameen Khan heading their Internet for All Initiative offered Internet connectivity for this initiative at all urban and rural locations. Nazir Ahmed Vaid – Coordinator for the eKarachi thanks all the participants and concluded the session.
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