ISLAMABAD: As the National Incubation Center (NIC) re-opens its doors after a 4-month lockdown, it welcomes its first set of visitors on the August 6, 2020. The Federal Minister for Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom Syed Amin ul Haque visited the NIC and appreciated the world-class facility and the team behind it. He commended the National Incubation Center for bringing together investors, regulators and ecosystem players and thanked the NIC for owning their role as an enabler and ecosystem builder.
The minister was accompanied by Ignite CEO Syed Junaid Imam, NITB CEO Shabahat Ali Shah, Jazz Chief Corporate & Regulatory Officer Syed Fakhar Ahmed, and Chief Digital and Strategy Officer Aamer Ejaz. The visitors were welcomed by Parvez Abbasi – Co-founder Teamup and Project Director NIC and were given a tour of the facility, during which they met with some of the NIC startups. The minister exchanged ideas with the startups and appreciated their commitment to their work.
The Honorable Minister assured that the Ministry of IT and Telecom would continue to extend maximum support to the NIC project in the future. He stated that such projects are integral to the economic and social prosperity of the country, and all stakeholders need to collaboratively work towards accelerating the growth of the ecosystem.
The minister also commended the efforts of the NIC team in empowering the youth through its incubation program and boot camps. He appreciated how the incubation program has led to women empowerment and contributed to helping more women start their own businesses. He emphasized the importance of female participation in various fields and urged the NIC team to continue to strive for increased women participation in the startup space.
“I am extremely pleased to see this world-class facility, the amazing team behind it, and the brilliant ideas these young entrepreneurs are working on. Indeed, the future of the country lies in empowerment of youth and encouraging female participation. The Ministry would like to ensure all possible support to this wonderful cause in the future as well,” federal minister said.
Aamer Ejaz said “Jazz is committed to uplifting the startup ecosystem in Pakistan. Our aim is to lead the digital revolution in this part of the world and address the major socio-economic challenges faced by Pakistan.”