The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has accelerated its efforts to increase IT exports to $ 10 billion over the next five years, according to a vision set by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“We have developed a comprehensive mechanism to achieve the $ 10 billion goal in the next five years with the help of all relevant stakeholders,” Kamran Khan Bangash (Special Assistant to the Senior Minister of the Communist Party) told ITP about IT.
“Pakistan has huge potential to expand IT exports from existing USD One billion to USD 10 billion in next five years, and KP Govt. is ready to tap this rich potential,” he said.
IT exports are important to strengthen economy, ensure digitalization of public sectors departments, attracting local and foreign investment, promotion of infant industries and generation of jobs opportunities for youth.
Through such positive initiatives, job opportunities for youth would be created and pace of economic development would get upward boost besides bringing transparency in utilization of funds and ensuring good governance in the province.
In the first phase, KP will subsidize the revenue, security, direct tax and indirect tax sectors in order to provide faster services to the people,” he said.
Bangash said KP Govt. has assigned special targets to all departments for implementation of 100-day plan announced by PTI leadership during election campaign 2018 and it would be achieved with cooperation of all stakeholders.
Kamran said Govt. has chalked out an inclusive plan for establishment of computers laboratories in over 1000 primary, high and higher secondary schools next year.
“The KP government, taking advantage of the activities carried out by the previous PTI government, will play a leading role and will use all available resources for human resource and economic development.”
He added that IT parks in Peshawar and Abbottabad have been encouraged by subsidizing the private sector to commercialize IT-related projects.
Bangash said former PTI government set up the first KP Information Technology Board (ITB) in 2011 with the aim of equipping youth with innovations in technology.
“The future of our youth is heavily reliant on technological digitization and these IT parks would help cater their modern days’ requirements in wake of revolution in IT sector.”
Amran said, a comprehensive program called “Diamir Bhasha” (doorstep) has been launched, with special training programs initially allocated to eight other districts in the province.
During the Diamir Bhasha era, IT projects were monitored and well-performing officials were encouraged. Dhoshal Centers aims to connect communities with technological growth opportunities.
The former PTI government has already established these centers in Mardan, Swabi, Swat and Peshawar under the pretext that the targeted program will be extended to eight other KP districts in the first phase.
Dorshal provides a vital link between local governments, IT industries, entrepreneurs and investors to take full advantage of KP Govt. revolutionary programs for digital transformation, Bangash said.
PTI government will invest in planning and execution of IT plans inevitable for good governance, elimination of corruption, supremacy of meriting and attracting direct foreign investment in the province, he said.
Furthermore, IT Parks would help economic empowerment of youth besides promoting infant industries imperative to end monopoly of major industrial and business units.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is the last hope of the Pakistani people and he will fulfill all his promises, Bangash said.
He said the PM-CJP fund is very important for the construction of Diamir Bhasha and Mohmand and he also asked people of every class, including landowners, businessmen and Pakistanis abroad, to participate generously in this great cause.