Digitalization of country need of hour: IT minister

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LAHORE, Jan 21 (APP):Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr Khalid Maqbool SiddiquiMonday said that IT sector would bring a change in the country infuture, so it is need of the hour time to digitalize the country.

Talking to the media persons during his visit to the VirtualUniversity (VU) here, he said that Pakistan was earning one billion dollars per annum through softwaredevelopment and its volume could be increased up to sevenbillion dollars per annum in the next five years.

“Everything is now done through mobile phone; so the
government is trying to reduce the price of mobile phones
besides providing WiFi without any cost,” he added.
He said that the VU was working under the Ministry of IT, which was
a world within itself.
“We have discussed the steps to curb poverty illiteracy in
the country,” he added.
He urged the University to come forward to explore the talent of the youth.
To a question, he said that equal importance should be
given to all languages in the country for a comprehensive
improvement.
He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would
be helpful in boosting the IT industry and a huge investment
would come through it.
He termed the Sahiwal incident unfortunate, saying that
terrorism was the most serious challenge in the country but
killing of innocent people after declaring them as terrorists
was a tragedy.
Earlier, the minister visited several departments of the
VU and Rector Dr Navid A Malik gave him briefing about them.