UK Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry Commercial Council (UKPCCI) will invest £200m in Pakistan’s IT and Tourism Sectors in a bid to polish the potential of young workforce along with developing their talents and strengths. An 11-member delegation comprising of UKPCCI and HTL led by UKPCCI Sr. Vice President Syed Asad Hussain, during a meeting with the PITB Chairman Azfar Manzoor on Monday, expressed keen interest in all the IT interventions of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). PITB Chairman Azfar Manzoor during the meeting briefed the delegate about PITB and said they were determined to make Punjab the top e-governed, IT-enabled province and a preferred destination for global IT businesses as well as a major supplier of skilled human resource of IT in Pakistan. A MoU was also signed between PITB and HTL for collaborative ICT interventions and growth of the digital eco system in Pakistan.
The visiting delegation was briefed about the scope of PITB interventions and were apprised that 65 percent of the population in Punjab was below 25 years of age and hence could be of great potential, if trained in the right skillset. He also informed the delegate that presently, PITB provided consultation and physical support to 40 different departments of the provincial government in terms of automation and launching new IT initiatives.
The delegation was further informed about the four major areas of interest which included: the formation and implementation of IT policies and framework, provision of IT infrastructure along with enhancing productivity, enable good governance and facilitation of efficient business processes and to initiate efforts to improve the delivery of public services.
The delegation appreciated PITB’s strategy based on supporting the industry, promoting entrepreneurship and job creation, digitization, e-governance and improving service delivery of citizen centric services. The PITB Chairman also provided an overview of PITB’s entrepreneurial ventures including Plan 9, Tech Hub Connect, e-Rozgaar, Herself and Plan X.