1,000 govt officials to receive ICT skills and training under Digital Pakistan initiative
Chinese company Huawei in collaboration with Pakistan’s IT Ministry would offer ICT skills to over 1000 government employees under Digital Pakistan initiative.
The decision was announced following a meeting on Monday between President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi and a delegation of Huawei, led by the Vice President of Huawei Middle East Region, Mr Li Xiangyu.
Li Xiangyu, who was accompanied by a delegation, said the government officials would be registered and enrolled for training programs which would be conducted by Huawei experts.
Li Xiangyu gave a presentation about the role of his organization in the promotion of IT skills in Pakistan. He informed that Huawei had contributed to Pakistan’s economy by providing 10,000 jobs and paying $120 million in taxes to the government from 2018 to 2020, besides spending $6 million to support disaster-relief efforts of the government.
He added that Huawei had greatly contributed to Pakistan’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) talent by providing 10,000 certifications in 2020.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Arshad Mahmood, Secretary Federal Education Farah Hamid, Additional Secretary IT&T Ali Sher Mehsud, and other senior government officials. Chairman PM’s Task Force on Science and Technology Dr Atta-ur-Rehman attended the meeting via video link.
President Arif Alvi appreciated the initiative of Huawei to provide training and ICT skills to the people of Pakistan. He also asked the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to develop an action plan and set timelines for launching training programs for the government employees to train them in fields like Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Technology, Big Data, Blockchain, Neural Networks and Communication Technologies.
He urged the ministry to come up with more innovative ideas and enhance collaboration with Huawei for the early realization of the Digital Pakistan Initiative.