Jazz has collaborated with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) and the World Bank to digitalize Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The mobile operator will invest resources in the province’s ‘Durshal’ program and empowerment of youth through employable digital skills under the KPITB ‘Youth Employment Program’.
As per agreement amongst the three entities, Jazz will proliferate the benefits of connectivity and digital enablement across KP under its ‘Make Your Mark’ program by empowering youth through technology and Digital Skills & Literacy.
The project Durshal aims to establish a network of community spaces across the province with the goal of enabling the youth to collaborate, innovate, access training, and launch new businesses.
This agreement to further the benefits of digitalization in KP was signed last year, following which Jazz took an active part in Digital Youth Summit held in Peshawar this year.
Jazz is now moving ahead with its support of KPITB’s Durshal project by creating synergies between its already establish National Incubation Center in Islamabad and Durshal Community Innovation Labs (CIL), along with the provision of technical expertise and mentorship, and funding to improve current IT infrastructure available at these centers.
The project has seen the development of Durshal CILs at various places in the province along with Durshal Government Innovation Lab, which aims at introducing digital governance at KP’s government departments.
“Our partnership with KPITB and the World Bank is all about bridging the digital divide and bringing the benefits of this digital age to youth and industries across Pakistan,” said Aamir Ibrahim, CEO – Jazz.
“KPITB’s partnership with one of the leading telcos of the country for this mission will ensure a fast transition into the digital economy,” said Managing Director of KPITB, Shahbaz Khan.
Furthermore, Jazz will build basic knowledge and understanding of the mobile internet amongst youth by partnering with the digital skills training toolkit in KP. The aim is to proliferate the benefits of connectivity and digital enablement to 40,000 youth in three years.