ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has expressed hope that Pakistan can increase its software exports by focusing on proper specialized training.
The President said this during a video conference with a group of leading Pakistani IT experts from Silicon Valley, USA to discuss Pakistan Software Business Initiative and training programmes for information technology students of the country.
Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was also present on the occasion.
The President emphasized that if executed as proposed Pakistan can generate foreign exchange and have a world class software workforce. He added that it will also check the drainage of technical specialists to the other countries.
Under this programme, initially 250 software graduates will be trained by overseas trainers. The basic objective of this initiative is to train the students and prepare them for software development jobs, especially relating to Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain and Mobile Application, in the highly competitive global market.
This proposal outlines the technical areas that Pakistani engineers need to be trained in order to meet the industry standards. Moreover, this programme aims to create market relevance for the IT graduates and improve the quality of IT education in the country. Likewise, it will also lead towards the promotion of IT research in relation to industrial and agricultural sectors.
The trained software experts will further train other developers and students in the country. The President will also present these proposals in the forthcoming conference of Vice Chancellors in order to incorporate these measures in our educational structure.
Meanwhile, President Dr. Arif Alvi has stressed for further strengthening transport and communication infrastructure in the ECO region to facilitate trade and investment. Talking to Secretary General to Economic Cooperation Organization Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour here on Thursday, he said this region has the potential and capacity to function as a bridge between North and South, Europe and Asia.
He underscored that Pakistan believes robust implementation of ECO Trade Agreements would be a step towards minimizing barriers to trade and ultimately establishing a Free Trade Area as enshrined in ECO Vision 2025. He stated that Pakistan is upgrading its rail and road infrastructure in order to facilitate smooth flow of goods to its neighbours and to galvanize trade opportunities within the region.
he President said that Pakistan will continue to contribute to ECO’s efforts to provide assistance to Afghanistan and is presently the highest donor to ECO’s initiative for reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour said Pakistan has always been an active member of ECO and cornerstone of peace and cooperation in the region. He said there is a huge potential of eco-tourism in Pakistan which can be a huge attraction for the international tourists. – NNI