KP Govt declares 2016 as Digital Year


Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government while declaring 2016 as Digital Year has announced to launch a comprehensive digital economy program in the province with the aim to empower the youth of the province by creating maximum job opportunities in the field of Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Addressing a press conference along with the officials of World Bank, senior provincial minister for Science Technology and Information Technology Shahram Khan Tarakai said that the provincial government planned to focus comprehensively on linking youth to the growing number of tech- based and ICT-based job markets.

“This plan will include investments in enhancing the skills of young lots for these knowledge based jobs for the future and emphasize support for young tech entrepreneurs to launch their own start-ups”; Shahram elaborated and added that the plan was an initiative of KP IT Board in collaboration with partners such as the World Bank and Peshawar 2.0 to showcase KP as a hub for technology start-ups and ICT enabled jobs.

He told that Digital Youth Summit was one of such outreach events being successfully held for the last two years in Peshawar which has become the one of the largest tech events in Pakistan with participation of 3500 youth and 100 local and international speakers last year. Mr. Shahram enumerated several technology events (ArtTech Festival) as KP Apps Challenge, and Digital Youth Summit 2016 two important of them.

Touching upon the components of the digital economy program the provincial minister told that Skill Development and Training, Incubation Program, Support Flagship Events and Angel Investment were the four important components with the objectives of creating 3000 jobs in digital economy, highlighting the intersection of technology, local culture and art, enabling developments like academic consortia, and curriculum development and developing early stage start-ups and enabling the ecosystem through other sources.

All of these initiatives, the senior minister said, were part of a broader strategy and a longer term vision which is meant to transform Peshawar into a hub of technology, design KP into a digitally ready workforce, promote innovation and entrepreneurship and step into the knowledge-based economy.