Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal urged the Chinese leading IT manufacturer Huawei to open a research and development centre to support Pakistan in its information and knowledge revolution.
He expressed these views while inaugurating Huawei Technologies Pakistan 3rd Seeds for the future program in Beijing on Sunday. Students from all over Pakistan are participating in the program aimed at enhancing IT education in the country.
The minister said that CPEC does not focus on infrastructure and railway but it also includes a strong data optical fibre project so Pakistan can take advantage of the technological revolution.
“Now we are in the information and knowledge revolution era which is driven by the digital world and success now depends on the brain power and data backbone,” minister remarked.
He said that Pakistan is now investing on knowledge capital and the country is blessed with talented youth.
He said that Higher Education Commission’s budget has been doubled in the last 3 years. “This year, we will increase it further and 3 centres of excellence in various areas including robotic would be established,” he added.
Minister further said that the cyber world has created new opportunities, so Pakistani students should invest time in technology.
“Develop skills as employers today and focus on the ability to learn new knowledge,” he said, adding that students should plant seeds of inquiry as well as observation and come up with new ideas, translating it into salable products.