KP to be transformed into technology hub under CPEC

KP to be transformed into technology hub under CPEC

PESHAWAR: The Digital Youth Summit (DYS) 2017 on Monday called for devising digital strategy and signing of agreements with investors to help map out Pakistan's digital future and to transform Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) into an emerging technology hub, which is expected to create 75,000 new digital jobs in the wake of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The summit was participated by top local and international digital entrepreneurs, technologists, companies and investors who shared knowledge and experience while imparting training and investing in 4,000 youth participants from KP.

To build on the summit's momentum, the four pillars KP Digital Strategy was unveiled at the summit to provide a roadmap for KP to equip young people with the skills, access, and markets they need to secure and create jobs in the knowledge economy.

"Here in KP, the youth are a huge asset. Taking on the challenge of the future, there is great promise in the role of digital," said Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI).

Speaking on the occasion KP CM Pervez Khattak said KP had become an attractive place for domestic and international investors adding, "We have a long way to go, but the way forward is to build capacity for the sake of our youth's future."

This year's summit was larger than ever with over 80 speakers, 4,000 participants, including investors, entrepreneurs, students, and representatives from the government and the private sector.

Digital Youth Summit is organized by the KP IT Board and the World Bank Group and is powered by Jazz, supported by USAID, and sponsored by the Tourism Corporation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, UNDP, Bank of Khyber, Gloria Jeans Coffee, March Designs, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, the Multi-Donor Trust Fund for KP, FATA and Balochistan, Codematics, and Animation Republic. (APP)