One of its kind, the Digital Youth Summit (DGS) starts today in Peshawar. It is a joint initiative of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) and the World Bank and is sponsored by Jazz.
The event will cover wide range of topics from e-commerce to digital security in Pakistan. It will include discussion and workshops and will conclude in a Startup Cup where the young people have the chance to present their business ideas to investors.
Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Managing Director of the KPITB said: “KP takes digital opportunities for our people very seriously and wants to be a leader in technology. This strategy through sound policies and reforms will set a road map for us and we shall announce initiatives to support this over the next few days.” KP aims to facilitate the young people with opportunities related to a better future in the knowledge economy. The World Bank has been providing technical assistance to the KP Government and has also setup a trust fund for KPIT to implement projects.
In its third year of partnership, Mr. Patchamuthu, World Bank Country Director of Pakistan said: “Digital economy is the future. It’s a driver of innovation and entrepreneurship than can boost inclusive and smart development in Pakistan. Over 80 percent of Pakistan’s population is offline. Closing this gap will create new job opportunities for the millions entering the labor force.’
The initiative pave way for more such events to provide the local talent a chance to learn and grow in a digitalized world.
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