LAHORE: (APP) A World Bank delegation led by Anna C. O'Donmell and comprising Senior Development Specialist Jana El-Horr and Consultant Shan Rehman visited the Punjab IT Board (PITB) on Wednesday.
The meeting evaluated and discussed a pilot project for jobs and growth in the digital economy .
Dr Saif, while giving a briefing on progress and the future plans of the project, said that the PITB would be setting up e-Rozgar centres in all 36 districts of Punjab that would provide vast opportunities of respectful and quick employment to the youth.
He said, "Pakistan is the third largest country in the world in freelance entrepreneurs; therefore, the e-Rozgar Programme will improve it further.
"Under this program 10,000 graduates, both female and male, will be trained by the PITB team this year."
He said that a fully equipped computer lab was being established in each district that would be opened 24/7, enabling online access to the digital content throughout the world.
"The training will start in early September this year. The programme is so useful that the learners will start earning money during training," he added.
Ms Anna C. O'Donmell appreciated the PITB efforts and Dr Umar Saif in particular for his continuous support to the government businesses. She said, "The World Bank believes in strengthening the youth economically; therefore, we strongly support promoting entrepreneurship in the developing countries like Pakistan.
"E-Rozgar Programme is looking highly capable to decrease unemployment in Punjab. I hope a vibrant collaboration between the WB and PITB will boost this programme positively."