Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani called for promoting Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) education and adopting modern ICT techniques to improve governance of public sector organisations. “E-government would not only improve efficiency but also cut down costs. There is a need for leveraging strategic partnerships with China for improvements in public and social sectors through the use of technology especially ICTs”, he said. The PM was talking to executives of Chinese telecom manufacturing company Zhongxing Telecom corporations (ZTE), headed by its Southeast Asia President Lou Ping Fan.Gilani emphasised the importance of ICT education in the fast growing IT and telecom sectors and issued instructions for fast-track initiatives and establishment of IT and Telecom universities.
He highlighted the importance of video-conferencing to cut down costs related to travelling and administrative processing. He also directed the relevant ministries to take proactive measures for timely implementation of ICT projects to enable the government to achieve objectives and be able to implement high quality technical and ICT education. The PM said Pakistan would provide full security to Chinese working in Pakistan and asked them to invest and take benefit of the government's investment friendly policies ICDL Saudi Arabia intensifies nationwide campaign to encourage SMEs to invest more on IT literacy programs