President calls for rapid work on digital economy


President Dr Arif Alvi has said that the digital econ-omy is flourishing around the world and a rapid work on it in Pakistan will open up more avenues for the country in coming days.

The president said this on Monday while addressing an agreement signing ceremony between Universal Service Fund and Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL), to lay 700-kilometre optical fibre in Naushahro Feroze, Benazirabad and Khairpur for high-speed broadband services.

The president stressed the need for further improv-ing the communication system and information technology for rapid development of the country.

He said that IT education should be imparted to the youth who are the real strength of the country and can play a role in the development.

President Alvi said that seamless internet connec-tivity is imperative for growth of the information technology (IT) sector which had the potential to materialise the dream of exponential development in the current era.

He said the people across the globe convey their thinking and approach to the world through digital highways.

He said that Federal Minister for Information Tech-nology and Telecommunication (MoIT) Syed Aminul Haq has been entrusted with responsibility for the development of the IT sector since people had formal exchange of views and ideas on digital highways.

He said that the Covid-19 situation has made the world realise the fact that a lot of knowledge was available on the internet and added the younger generation was receiving quick knowledge through digital highways.

President Alvi said the IT exports of the country would eventually increase if the IT sector promptly achieved new milestones.

He said, “Pakistan is sec-ond to none in the intellectual battle and we just need to teach the latest skills to our youths at par with the modern era to make them our strength.” He also stressed the need to further improve IT educa-tion at all levels in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Syed Aminul Haq said that internet connectivity is the first pillar of the Digital Pakistan initiative.

He said that the huge amount of Rs31 billion is being spent for providing broadband internet facility to the far-flung and un-der-developed areas of the country.

He pointed out that over 80 percent of work has already been com-pleted on OFC installation and infrastructure devel-opment in Dadu and Jamshoro. —TLTP

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