Minister of state for IT & Telecom Mrs. Anusha Rahman has said that establishment of new technology Incubation centers across all four provinces will help our youngsters to become successful entrepreneurs and to earn a reasonable livelihood.
The Minister said that our main policy focus is to provide quality digital and skill development training to the youth of the country and MoIT is committed to providing them all appropriate fora and tools through which they could get quality training to succeed in the growing global freelancing market.
CEO ICT R&d fund Co apprised the board that the company has received very encouraging feedback from the industry for the advertised incubation center projects and this speaks volume of their level of interest and trust in our ICT related endeavors.
He informed the board that more than thirty consortia comprising of more than hundred companies have submitted their bidding proposals for 04 new Incubation centers which are being reviewed on a technical basis. The successful bidders will be announced by the first week of May 2017 after financial evaluation of the short-listed proposals.
The board agreed that to keep the momentum and industry interest going, RFPs will be floated for IOT, Robotics, and fin- tech specialty innovation centers by the second week of May. The Minister further said that these Incubation centers will play a pivotal role in the development of ICT skills, required for employability in the sector.
The Board discussed the proposal for the “Digital Skill training program and directed that Consultative sessions be held with industry-academia and other stakeholders around the country and re- submit the comprehensive proposal before the board after getting input of all stakeholders The board also reviewed the status and pace of ongoing different projects of ICT R&D Fund Company .
The board also approved the rebranding proposal to have the new brand reflect the focus of the mainstream ICT R&D and innovation support activity going forward.
Anusha Rahman said that our government attaches the highest priority to ICTs development to materialize Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif vision of “Accelerated Digitization”.She directed the Company to gear up their efforts to meet given timelines for all 7 incubation centers within stipulated time frame.