Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Syed Amin ul Haq Saturday said that Technology was changing with every passing day and we have to equip our youth with modern technology as youth are country’s asset, so steps are being taken to connect the youth from country with digital world.
Once the youth are connected with digital world, it would help them to become self-employed as IT involved multi-billion businesses, he expressed such views while addressing Academic Performance Recognition Ceremony held here at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU).
World is changing fast and we need to introduce our children and students to this changing world through artificial intelligence and digital technology, federal minister uttered.
He further stressed that we need to harmonise our youth with new technology and the federal government, IT industry and academia needed to be on one page in this regard. IT related courses should be introduced for students so that they could find jobs in other countries.
Connectivity is the topmost priority of the government and it is because of broadband facility we can connect with digital world, he said. IT ministry was going to ensure an improved connectivity with 4G, he said, adding that Funds amounting to Rs 49 billion is being spent for improved connectivity in the country.
An amount of Rs 12.4 billion have been spent for improved connectivity in remote areas of Sindh province, he told, saying that we are serving people across the country without any discrimination based on race, colour, sex, language, religion or political affiliations.
Pakistan’s IT industry was rapidly progressing and our IT exports are also increasing. The exports of IT have increased to $2.8 billion in 2020-2021 from $1.4 from 2019-2020.
He said that his ministry has set a target of 70pc exports growth i.e. $3.5bn for 2022-23.
The IT minister said that they had increased the number of IT related projects and majority of projects would be completed soon.—APP