KARACHI: Telenor Pakistan has partnered with the Virtual University of Pakistan to launch a nationwide digital skill-building program, "DigiSkills Training Project," said an announcement here Thursday.
The two year mega-program was said to be aimed at training one million people in Digital Skills for Freelancing and entrepreneurship using ICTs.
The exercise was further cited to be duly supported by Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom through IGNITE – National Technology Fund (formerly National ICT R&D Fund).
Pakistan, the world's 4th largest provider of online freelance services with an estimated registered number of freelancers ranging in several hundreds of thousands.
Most of the work done is for international clients and the money earned by them is brought to the country mainly in the form of foreign remittances.
Pakistan was also said to hold the potential to increase its share in the freelance industry by folds and resultantly bring in valuable foreign exchange in the country and reduce unemployment.