PKR 25billion invested in projects to boost development

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Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) plans for upcoming five years would include projects worth PKR 25 billion with objective to utilise the extraordinary capacity of this sector to boost the country's overall development. PKR 25.07 billion would be initiated in the sector of software exports, inclusing IT markets and industry size (PKR 40 million), promotion of IT industry through media (Rs100 million), promotion of entrepreneurial start-ups (PKR 80 million), development of effective Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime (PKR 10 million) and awareness about opportunities for Pakistani companies (PKR 20 million), establishment of business incubators (PKR 200 million) and proactive match-making (PKR100 million).

For the quality of IT education, project worth PKR 27.4 billion would include vocational/technical skills programme (PKR 15 billion), scholarships for IT education (PKR 1.5 billion), IT infrastructure in educational institutions (Rs10 billion), centres of excellence for IT training (PKR 440 million), strengthening of boards of Technical Education (PKR 300 million)and so on.

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