HARIPUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has underscored the importance of investment in the technology sector to create employment opportunities for the youth.
Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony of Digital City Special Technology Zone in Haripur on Monday, the prime minister said, “Special technology zones will create employment opportunities for the youth,” adding that Pakistan’s exports are increasing as a result of facilities being provided to the business community by his government.
“Seventy-five percent increase in IT exports is expected this year,” the prime minister maintained, stating that Pakistan Digital City Special Technology Zone will have a positive impact on next generations.
He also hailed Dr Attaur Rehman and former KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak for taking the initiatives which he said would have far reaching impact on the provincial development.
The Prime Minister said: “It was the KP government that had introduced a health insurance facility for the low-income people of the province despite financial constraints. The PTI government also raised the issues of climate change, forestation, institution building and tourism on international forums.
The prime minister also criticised previous governments for neglecting the education sector.
“Ruling PTI government introduced a core curriculum for up to class 5 for the first time in the country’s history,” said the prime minister and vowed that it would be expanded to the upper level to make the country a nation.
The ceremony was attended by federal, provincial ministers, parliamentarians and other officials.
The Pakistan Digital City is a flagship project of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government being established on 86 kanals of land at a cost of Rs1.31 billion. A large number of IT and allied technologies including electronics, computers and mobile phones, software houses and technology incubators would largely benefit from the project that would boost the allied industries and generate hundreds of thousands of jobs for the youths.