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ICT is critical for the Economy of Pakistan; PM Shahbaz Sharif

The Prime minister of Pakistan has said that the skills of ICT are critical for the development of youth and the economy.
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says Pakistan has enormous untapped potential in information and communication technology.
Addressing Asia Pacific Information and Communication Technology Alliance Awards in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said during the last decade, Pakistani entrepreneurs made great strides to promote the IT sector through their individual and collective efforts.
He said the government has been proactive in supporting efforts to improve the IT sector of the country.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan has a special place in freelancing in the world market. He said during his tenure as Chief Minister of Punjab, the government promoted IT-led initiatives in different sectors. He said the government also provided laptops to students to enhance their IT skills.
Shehbaz Sharif said Pakistan’s total exports do not reflect the capacity and talent of the nation. He said the government is taking measures to enhance the IT sector and increase the country’s IT exports. He urged the youth to come forward and chalk out a plan to achieve high export in the IT sector.
He said it is an honour for Pakistan to host the APICTA awards for the first time.
In his remarks, Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque said APICTA is an association to form a cooperative network for the promotion of technology, innovation and development of ICT solutions for the global market. He said ICT has a pivotal role in a country’s socio-economic development. He said in the past two decades impact of ICT has transformed.
The Minister said that during the pandemic, ICT emerged as a critical tool in fighting against Covid and sustaining and improving the health system. He said Pakistan is the fifth largest country with much talented youth. Pakistan is fully interested in developing a knowledge-based economy.
Speaking on occasion, Chairman APICTA Stan Singh said Pakistan has great talent in the information technology sector. He said APICTA awards are challenging to win due to strict rules and regulations.

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