Islamabad - The handover ceremony of the project ‘Pak-Korea Information and Communication Technology Centre’ was held at Construction Technology Training Institute (CTTI) in the presence of State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rahman Khan, Korean Ambassador Song Jong Hwan, AurangzenHaque, Additional secretary ministry of communications Aurangzeb Haque, Deputy DG FWO Brig Rashid Ahmed, and Director CTTI Jamil Ahmed, says a press release issued here yesterday.

The government of Korea has extended a grant of US $5 million for this project.

Song Jong Hwan addressing on the occasion said, “Today world is characterized by rapid changes and information technology played a significant role in globalization of the world. In the era of globalization, we need a new method to help and build the capacities of the people particularly youth.

I believe this centre will help in implementing information technology trainings in an efficient way to effectively meet the growing demands of today’s world and overcome unemployment.”

The Republic of Korea succeeded in transforming itself from a poor war-stricken country into an economically thriving democracy within a decade. Like many other developing countries, Korea has faced manifold challenges to overcome poverty and unemployment. But today, the Republic of Korea is world’s 12th trading partner and one of the major manufacturers in the areas of electronics, ICT, shipping, automobile and steel, the ambassador said.

“This rapid growth was not possible without strong and visionary leadership, trust on our institutions, thriving innovation through public capacity building in ICT and cohesion among our nation which transformed Korea into the world’s most innovative and digitalized nation,” he said.

The Republic of Korea from 2000-2002 ambitiously offered internet and computer literacy programs that allow more people to gain access to the internet and setup several information facilities across the country to build capacities of thousands of people. These efforts played a significant role to create not only a huge demand and market for the ICT industry but also built people’s capacities.

Pakistan has a greater potential to build its ICT industry and revitalise its economy. The experiences of the Republic of Korea offer several opportunities for Pakistan and this centre can play a prominent role in developing Pakistan’s ICT sector.

“I am happy to tell you that on October 2, 2015, the Republic of Korea and Islamic Republic of Pakistan have signed a framework agreement of over US $500 million to support various sectors including building ICT centre in Islamabad. I am confident that the government of Pakistan will take this opportunity to learn from our experiences. I wish more strengthening friendship and continuing cooperation between our countries and nations.”

Vice-President KOICA Choi Sung-ho in his address said, “We are living in a global village where advancement in computer and information technology is of prime importance for sustainable economic growth and development.

The digitalization of our lives and this planet can help us eradicate poverty and deliver a sustainable future for our world, we need to fully use the digital tools at our disposal.” Since, South Korea excelled in science and information technology that can play a prominent role in developing Pakistan ICT sector, he added.