PM wants Pak share from world’s $11tr revenue in tech industry: Hasaan
LAHORE – Special Assistant to Chief Minister (SACM) for Information and Punjab government’s spokesman Hasaan Khawar Friday said that the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan was to claim Pakistan’s share from the world’s $11 trillion revenue in technology industry.
“Launch of work on Lahore Technopolis is part of the practical strategy of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar towards fulfilling this vision,” he said during a press conference in Al-Hamra here. Minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfaraz and Lahore Knowledge Park Chairman Jamal Ansari were also present on the occasion.
Hasaan said that in 2013, the then government had acquired 813 acres of land from the Board of Revenue for setting up universities. “Instead, it decided to build universities on 200 acres and use the remaining land for commercial purposes, but their wish could not be materialised. According to records, Rs1.5 billion had been spent on this project by 2018, but there was nothing but a wall, a gate and a heap of garbage for which PMLN is shamelessly trying to claim credit,” the SACM informed. He further stated that the projects on which people’s money had been spent should be taken forward instead of sacrificing them on a political altar. He told the media that the Special Technology Zones Authority would help make the project beneficial in the style of local Silicon Valley and technology zones.
“Advanced training sessions for this program will start from January. This project will change the fate of Lahore in particular; the nation will benefit from the export of technology,” he said. “Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is planning for the development of the country, not to merely win the elections,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfaraz said that trained labour and quality education was essential to fulfil PM Imran Khan’s vision of industrial advancement. “We are creating special technology and industry zones to facilitate traders, investors and the public,” he said.
Lahore Knowledge Park Chairman Jamal Ansari said that Lahore Knowledge Park had been divided into three parts. He said one part would be used to establish universities while the other part would consist of practical training of educated people and the third stage would be the development of semiconductors.
“Our commitment is to bring the world’s 100 best semiconductor manufacturing companies here. Our goal is to train 100,000 people,” he added. “In the first phase, the government will train 10,000 people.”