Officials from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government said the province was ready to launch Pakistan Digital City, the country’s first such initiative, which according to them would create 30,000 jobs, Arab News reported Monday.
The Pakistan Digital City — aimed to serve as a hub for high technology, innovation, and create thousands of new jobs in the sector — will be established in the KP’s Haripur district.
In 2018, the provincial government had launched the “Digital KP” policy in a bid to create jobs for youth in the digital economy.
“The master planning and designing will be finalized by the end of October this year,” Zahoor Shah Marwat of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board told the publication.
“Potential investors, including software houses, technology incubators, electronic manufacturers, mobile, computer, and communications equipment manufacturers will be invited to establish their facilities,” the official said.
The first-ever Digital City in Pakistan is being initiated by KP govt in Haripur and nearby areas of Islamabad (located behind Margalla Hills). Special Asst to PM @taidrus and Advisor To CM KP On ST&IT @ZiaBangashPTI visited the site of Pakistan Digital City. #KPKUpdates pic.twitter.com/RGKT2xnLVg— PTI KP (Official) (@PTIKPOfficial) July 23, 2020
The KP official said that the hub could generate nearly 30,000 new jobs at about 20 various high-tech operations.
During a visit to the site in July, former chief of Digital Pakistan Tania Aidrus had said, “extremely encouraged to see the work Zia Ullah Bangash [Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Science & Technology and Information Technology] and his team are doing for the betterment of the youth in the region.”