Islamabad: The government has decided to develop the local Information Technology (IT) sector as part of the projects being carried out under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative, a news source quoted Federal Secretary for Information Technology and Telecommunication Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui as saying.
Reportedly, the government will form a Pak-China Joint IT Working Group to see to this end – with its summary expected to be moved before the Federal Cabinet for approval next month. Following this sanction, the executive will sign the related agreements with China.
As per details, the two countries will extend mutual cooperation towards the development of the e-commerce sector, IT infrastructure, arranging for technical training and assistance, the formation of data centres and incubation facilities, and projects related to the provision of IT services.
Speaking to the media, the IT secretary revealed that successful rounds of talks for had already been completed with China for the purpose – and that the CPEC Authority had also sanctioned the project’s approval.
He further said that developing the IT sector under CPEC would bring revenue worth billions of rupees to the country and create many job opportunities for locally trained IT professionals.