PM Abbasi launches DigiSkills Training Program to up-skill one million youth

DigiSkills’ training program is aimed at training one million youth through online module

Pakistan’s PM Shahid Khaqan Abbassi has launched “DigiSkills Training Program” at Islamabad in collaboration with IGNITE to train one million youth with knowledge, skills, tools and other necessary techniques for freelancing.

‘DigiSkills’ training program is aimed at training one million youth through online module equipping our youth, freelancers, students, professionals, etc to seize the opportunities available internationally in online jobs marketplaces and also locally to earn a decent living.

Ignite – National Technology Fund which was previously the ICT R&D Fund will be monitoring the training program, where CEO Ignite Yousaf Hussain has been tasked to execute the program in best possible manner.

Addressing the ceremony, the Prime Minister said the present government has delivered in many fields by building motorways, ports, airports and establishing power plants but the advancement in the information technology sector is the most important contribution in the last five years.

The Prime Minister said that Digiskills program will equip the youth to get online jobs and earn money through a non-traditional way. He said that he has full faith in the youth of the country and expressed the confidence that the girls will, in future, excel in e-commerce.

He said the government on its part is committed to ensuring availability of broadband in every inch of the country and the Prime Minister appreciated Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication (MoITT) and Virtual University of Pakistan (VU) for their role in the development of youth through ICT and Digital services.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications Ms. Anusha Rehman said the DigiSkills program is an important endeavour of the Ministry that will create online employment opportunities to enable youth to earn 200 to 300 dollars per month. She said with the help of this program youth from across the country will be providing their services to the entire world. One million youth of Pakistan could get benefits from the program.

Ms Anusha Rehman further said Pakistan is emerging as an IT-leader in the world and government is committed to enlightening the future of our young generation with the use of latest technology.

While addressing the audience, Mr Yusuf Hussain, CEO, IGNITE congratulated for VU for winning the project through a competitive bidding and coming up on top against 6 bidders that also included foreign entities. He further talked about Artificial Intelligence that will be a very important part of such project in future.

Later, an agreement signing took place at the Prime Minister Secretariat in the presence of Prime Minister Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Dr. Naveed A. Malik, Rector Virtual University of Pakistan and Mr. Yusuf Hussain, CEO · Ignite – National Technology Fund signed the MoU for DigiSkills Training Program.

For more details regarding the project, please visit this website.

Sayyar Gul
Sayyar Gul is doing his MS Computational Sciences & Engineering from National University of Science and Technology. He is technology enthusiast with keen interest in new technological developments from around the world.

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