Huawei, IT ministry to train 1,000 govt staffers on ICT skills: President told

ISLAMABAD:Vice President of Huawei Middle East Region Li Xiangyu Monday called on President Arif Alvi wherein he said that his organization, in coordination with the IT ministry, would train 1,000 government employees to achieve Digital Pakistan Initiative.

Li Xiangyu, who was accompanied by a delegation, said the government officials would be registered and enrolled for training programs which would be conducted by Huawei experts.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Arshad Mahmood, Secretary Federal Education Farah Hamid, Additional Secretary IT&T Ali Sher Mehsud, and other senior government officials. Chairman PM’s Task Force on Science and Technology Dr Atta-ur-Rehman attended the meeting via video link.

Li Xiangyu gave a presentation about the role of his organization in the promotion of IT skills in Pakistan.

President Arif Alvi appreciated the initiative of Huawei to provide training and ICT skills to the people of Pakistan.

He asked the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to develop an action plan and set timelines for launching training programs for the government employees to train them in fields like artificial intelligence, cloud technology, big data, blockchain, neural networks and communication technologies.

He urged the ministry to come up with more innovative ideas and enhance collaboration with Huawei for early realization of Digital Pakistan Initiative.

President Alvi called for promoting knowledge-economy and digitalization of government organizations to enhance the efficiency of work and service delivery.

He said that Pakistan was blessed with immense talent and resources and the government was making serious efforts to channelize this potential in the right direction.

Li Xiangyu informed the meeting that Huawei had contributed to Pakistan’s economy by providing 10,000 jobs and paying $120 million in taxes to the government from 2018 to 2020, besides spending $6 million to support disaster-relief efforts of the government.

He highlighted that his organization had contributed to Pakistan’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) talent by providing 10,000 certifications in 2020.