KP to impart training in advance digital skills to 25,000 youth: Atif
PESHAWAR: Minister for Science and Information Technology Atif Khan Tuesday said 25,000 youth including men and women from across the province would be imparted training in advanced digital skills and expertise for their inclusion in the digital economy.
Addressing a graduation ceremony of the 14 women startups under Gender Exclusive Space (Durshall) here at a hotel, he said the project would cost Rs3 billion.
Besides, provincial ministers, members of KP Assembly, academicians, staff of KP BoIT, representatives of JS Bank and others attended the meeting.
The provincial minister said for the promotion of the information technology (IT) sector, three special technology zones would be completed in the province soon. For which 2,000-kanal land in Mardan, 70 kanals in Haripur and 40 kanals in Peshawar had already been identified.
He said the internet connectivity problem in the province would be resolved to promote tourism and digital coordination.
On this occasion, a memorandum of understanding was also signed between KP Board of Information Technology (BoIT) and JS Bank to extend financial support to leading women startups, women graduates and freelancers.
The purpose of this strategic partnership is to bring freelancers and leading women startups in the province into the mainstream economy. Under the arrangement, both institutes will organize financial literacy-related training and providing opportunities to skilled persons regarding digital skills by the experts of the KP IT Board.
Highlighting the achievements and upcoming projects of KP IT Board, the provincial minister said under the leadership of women, the incubation project besides earning an amount of Rs118 million during a short period of 18 months had also succeeded in the incubation of 14 women startups.
Furthermore, through GIS it had provided 1200 direct and indirect employment opportunities that included Sehat Caravan, women employment opportunities and unidesk, he added.
The minister said under the Seed Fund, 30 leading women startups would be given US$ 5,000 to 15,000 for the capacity building and expansion startups to help generate more income and employment opportunities. – APP