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Technological progress is essential for economic growth, says CM Murad – Latest News – The Nation

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said access to e-information and suite services including healthcare, e-finance, e-agriculture and e-education , will enable the country’s rural and remote communities to better compete in supporting the country’s economic development.
He said so on Thursday during a contract signing ceremony between USF and PTCL for the laying of Optical Fiber Cables (OFC) in Dadu, Jamshoro, Badin, Hyderabad, Larkana and Kambar & Shahdadkot districts here at a local hotel.
The program organized by the Ministry of IT and Telecommunications was attended by Federal Minister of IT and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haq, Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Additional IT Secretary Mohsin Mushtaq, President and CEO of the PTCL group and Ufone Hatem Bamatra and the consul general of different countries.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said it was his pleasure to be among the distinguished guests at the “Contract Signing of Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) Projects to be laid in Dadu, Jamshoro, Badin, Hyderabad, Larkana, Kambar and Shahdadkot”.
Sindh CM said that there was a time when technological advancements and economic conditions in some parts of our country were at a crucial stage which hampered the daily lives of millions of Pakistanis.
He added that just to overcome all these challenges, and in line with the vision of Digital Pakistan, the Federal Ministry of Informatics, through the Universal Service Fund (USF), has been carrying out various projects which play a huge role in the socio-economic development of our people.
As digitization has become a priority for businesses and communities, the Department of IT through USF aims to connect all citizens of Pakistan, the CM said and added as part of its network program and of Next Generation Fiber Optic (NG-OF) services, USF has contracted more than 16,000 km of fiber optic cable (OFC) to benefit 31.5 million Pakistanis.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that by providing access to e-suite information and services, such as healthcare, e-finance, e-agriculture and e-education, the Ministry of computing and telecommunications enabled rural and remote communities across the country to not only better compete, but also to support economic development to positively impact national GDP while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Nations United (UN).
Earlier, Federal IT and Technology Minister Syed Aminul Haq highlighted his ministry’s achievements and pledged to increase IT export from $2.5 billion to $3 billion. . On the occasion, PTCL CEO Hatem Bamatraf and USF CEO Harris Mahmood signed the contract.