Union Minister for Information Technology and Communications Syed Aminul Haq has announced Free IT training in Hyderabad and inaugurated a software technology park at the Hyderabad Institute of Arts, Science and Technology. He was speaking at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and the Hyderabad Institute of Arts, Science and Technology (HIST) at a local hotel on Friday.
Speaking on this occasion, Syed Amin ul Haq said the memorandum of understanding between PSEB and HIAST was a great achievement. He added that the Memorandum of Understanding covers multi-stakeholder collaboration in terms of building a software technology park on campus, capacity building, online learning, developing academia-industry ties, and promoting IT startups and freelancers.
There are currently 16 technology parks in Pakistan with an area of 1,169,500 square meters, he said. Ft, offering state-of-the-art facilities to tech companies. He noted that Pakistan’s IT industry has achieved significant expansion and export growth, but the IT industry is still only concentrated in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.
The minister also said that 4G coverage needs to be increased to 50 percent before the launch of 5G. 4G Internet users currently account for 41 percent of mobile Internet users. He said that 1.4 million new 4G users are being added every month and that at the current rate, the desired percentage of fourth generation mobile Internet users will be reached by the end of 2021.Syed Aminul Haq said the federal government is also encouraging the production and assembly of mobile phones in Pakistan in order to reduce high mobile phone prices “We want our youth to be able to buy a quality mobile phone for money. Instead of 8000 rupees you have to pay 12000 rupees. Rs 50,000 100,000, ”he added.
He lamented that if previous governments had planned the same much earlier, cell phone prices would have been low, apart from job creation. The Minister said that the government was trying to provide 3G and 4G internet services in the areas where these services were not available at present. According to him, Rs. So far, $ 21.9 billion has been spent on expanding these services.
He said that after taking over the ministry, he announced an IT project of Rs 550 million for the Sanghar region. Syed Amin ul Haq expressed gratitude to his ministry for increasing the country’s IT exports from $ 995 million in 2019 to $ 1.23 billion by June 2020, despite The global economy is in recession due to COVID-19.