Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar presided over the review meeting of the newly constituted Working Groups on Science and Technology and Information Technology Cooperation at the 10th JCC. Minister for Science & Technology Shibli Fraz, Minister for IT Amin Ul Haq, Minister for IT KP Atif Khan, SAPM on CPEC Khalid Mansoor, Executive Director CPEC, and representatives from Ministries attended the meeting.
In the meeting, the following four projects: Establishment of the China Pakistan Joint Research Center on Earth Science; Acquisition of Oceanographic Research Vessel; Establishment of the Institute of Smart Semiconductor and Establishment of Silicon Solar Cells; and “PV Panel Fabrication Facility of 500 MW/annum which were made part of CPEC in the 10th JCC meeting were reviewed and discussed in detail. Federal Minister Asad Umar directed that action plans for these projects be finalized within 30 days and submitted at the earliest.
Shibli Faraz said that with the joint efforts of both countries, Science and Technology applications should be used to accelerate the growth of the economy and solve the problems of the citizens. He further said that we need to go for a proper plan & strategy with a regular monitoring system so that Pakistan can obtain maximum benefit from the technology and expertise of the Chinese side.
In another meeting held on the same day sectors related to the newly formed JWG on Information Technology, recently approved by JCC were discussed in detail. These sectors are such as Broad Band Connectivity, Technology Parks/ IT Parks, Cyber Security, Software and Hardware development were discussed in detail.
Federal Minister for Information Technology Aminul Haq said in the meeting that IT is the future of Pakistan and in the last one or two years, Pakistan has witnessed rapid growth in this sector. Pakistan’s software exports increased almost 47% in the Information Technology sector. This sector now will further develop and expand through technical collaboration with China. He said that there is also a need to launch new technical assistance programs for Pakistan to meet the professional requirements of the growing IT Industry in the country.
The Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar directed the IT Ministry to submit concept notes on the above sectors to M/o PDSI within a period of 30 days so that the fast-moving and strategic initiatives could be discussed in the upcoming JWG. He further said that the role of the Ministry of IT must be appreciated as they are striving hard to ensure to meet the international standards of technological advancement and progress.