Federal Information Technology and Communication Minister Syed Aminul Haque on Thursday said that manufacturing of smartphones had been started in Pakistan while 5G technology is to be launched in the country by July 2023.
While speaking as the chief guest at the Career Fest 2022 organized by the Department of Computer Science University of Karachi, said in a statement that Our effort was to make access to technology possible for people in every part of the country. The event was held at the UBIT Garden in which more than 30 software houses participated and short-listed the candidates after conducting tests and interviews for various posts.
The minister said that as compared to the exports in different sectors of Pakistan, the highest increase in exports had been recorded in the IT and telecommunication sector while the exports of Information Technology and telecommunication had increased by 47.44 percent. He mentioned that the future needs to be met with the cooperation of IT industries and universities.
He said that in the year 2019-20, US 75 million Dollars was allocated for the start-ups whereas the next year the amount was increased to US 373 million Dollars.
IT Minister also said that a large number of female students were enrolled in computer science programs at various universities and said that he was glad to see their role in this regard. He said society can progress by empowering women.
He informed the audience that there was no sign of corruption in the Ministry of IT and Communication and that whoever was found involved in corruption would not be left in the Ministry. “When I took over the Ministry’s charge, our exports were US$1.4 billion dollars and today it has increased to US$2.6 billion dollars while our target is US$5 billion dollars”, he expressed.
He also said today is the era of information technology because technology is being embedded very rapidly in every sphere of life, such as architecture, defense systems, space sciences, health, and other sectors. We have to work hard to achieve the goals of 2050, the minister added.
On this occasion, the Karachi University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood-Iraqi said that universities were usually the centers of developing creative thinking, innovation, and research. “There is no lack of intelligence and creative thinking among our youth, but it is necessary to support them and provide facilities to implement their creative thinking and creations”, he added.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Department of Computer Science, Dr. Nadeem Mahmood, shed light on the career fest and shared its aims and objectives.