NIC to be effective tool to foster economic growth: IT Minister

Jazz’s National Incubation Centre launched

Mian Arshad

Islamabad—The Mobilink, Tuesday, officially launched Jazz’s National Incubation Centre (NIC) was held at the National Information Technology Board here. Mobilink will be operating this world-class incubator with its service delivery partner Team Up, bringing expertise of seasoned industry veterans like Zouhair Khaliq and Pervaiz Abbasi, who shall be leading the operations. This initiative is also aligned with VimpelCom’s group-wide ‘Make Your Mark’ (MYM) program. Under the program Mobilink has already collaborated with LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship (LCE) to provide support and mentorship to 15 startups currently incubated there.
Secretary General International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao, Minister of State for Information Technology & Telecom Anusha Rahman Khan and Aamir Ibrahim, CEO – Mobilink were also present on the occasion. The incubator has been developed to further the Government’s vision of a digital Pakistan, and is funded by the National ICT R&D Fund. It will be a first of its kind innovation hub to nurture and grow talent from across Pakistan under the unique Mobilink sponsored ‘Jazz XLR8 Program’. The program will help in bridging the gap between Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Investors, while providing state-of-the-art incubation facilities and access to experts and advisors.
On this welcome move by the government and country’s leading Telco to provide impetus to the burgeoning tech industry, Anusha Rahman Khan said, “NIC has been strategically designed to be an effective tool to foster economic growth through innovation. The government is alive to the aspirations of the youth, and the Ministry of IT is endeavouring to ensure that adequate support is provided to young talent to realize their ideas. This initiative is pursuant to the vision of the Government of Pakistan, which endeavours to foster “Entrepreneurship Led Growth”. Dr. Syed Ismail Shah added, “National ICT R&D Fund is committed to bringing about a tech revolution in Pakistan by motivating academia and industry to perform research and develop state-of-art technologies and software.
The fund believes in efficient mobilization of its resources with an emphasis on achieving technical excellence for the economic growth. The NIC will effectively link talent, technology, and capital in order to accelerate the development of new businesses and commercialization of technology.” Speaking on the occasion, Houlin Zhao said, “ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a particularly relevant role in ensuring economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner. They are involved in the development of innovative ICT-enabled solutions with a unique potential to make a long-lasting impact in economies and as an important source of new jobs, especially for youth, in the current knowledge economy”.

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