Provincial government declares 2016 as the year of technology, Senior Minister

Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Information Technology, Shahram Tarakai has termed the promotion of Information Technology as one of the top priorities of his government and said that the provincial government has declared 2016 as the year of technology under which a number of activities and initiatives are being launched to attract international IT companies to invest in the province and to impart international standard IT training and education to the youth of the province to enable them compete in the national and international job markets. “Besides trainings, the youth of the province will also be provided scholarships and internships in the field of Information Technology, he added.

He expressed these views while addressing as chief guest the concluding session of a two day IT workshop held here on Thursday. The workshop was organized by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IT Board (KPITB), in collaboration with Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB).

A large number of IT students from various public and private sector educational institutions attended the workshop who were imparted practical training by leading experts of IT industry on IT Startups and Entrepreneurs with special focus on business planning, product/services, competitive analysis and market strategy.

In his address the provincial minister said that youth were the focal point of the priorities of his government and it had launched a number of initiatives and activities to empower them through the effective use of IT adding that the successful holding of Digital Youth Summit for two consecutive years, Civic Hacathon and establishment of IT Facilitation Centres are import steps in this regard.

“The provincial government is providing conducive environment and offering attractive incentives to international IT companies to attract them to invest in the province and as a result leading international IT companies like Microsoft and Oracle have shown interest to come and invest in the province”, Shahram said and hoped all these initiatives of the provincial government would render the province into an IT hub.

Shahram Tarakai maintained that KPITB was being further strengthened, international standard IT Parks were being set up at provincial level while IT Laboratories and Incubation Centres were being established at district level to provide best facilities of IT training to the youth of far flung areas at their door steps.

The Provincial Minister appreciated the high ups of KPITB and PSEB for holding such a successful workshop and urged them to continue such activities in the future as well. The function was also addressed by Directress KPITB, Shahnaz Shamsher, MD, PSEB Asim Shehryar and others.