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Imran Khan approved constitution of task force on technology

05 December, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Tuesday approved the constitution of a task force on technology driven knowledge economy established to carry out foresight exercises at regular intervals in order to constantly re-evaluate national priorities and put in place strategies and action plans, with delineated timelines to build a powerful knowledge economy.

The PM’s task force on technology driven knowledge economy would be comprising scientists and engineers, representatives from private sector, federal and provincial governments, according to a press release issued by PM Office media wing.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the PM with Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman at the PM office. PM Khan said that building intellectual capital of the country, industrialization and development of human capital, enhancement of value added produce along with quality management for optimization of productivity were among the foremost priorities of the government.

Dr Atta-ur-Rehman briefed the PM about progress on construction of Pak Austrian Fachhochschule, Haripur. He also apprised the Prime Minister about progress into establishment of centre of excellence with help of China in mineral resources engineering, railway engineering and agriculture food technologies.

In another meeting held on Tuesday, PM Khan said that the government was committed to transparency and facilitating investors and enable them take full advantage of huge potential existing in the growing economy of the country.

PM Khan said this while talking to the chief executive officer (CEO) of Telenor Group Mr Sigve Brekke, who called on him at the PM Office. The PM appreciated Telenor Group’s contribution in the telecom sector and said that government aimed to develop a knowledge-based economy in Pakistan and valued Telenor as an important partner in developing the ecosystem that supported the government’s development agenda.

Sigve Brekke said that Telenor Group had been operating in Pakistan since 2005 and it made a significant impact on the socioeconomic uplift of the country. “The Group has invested over $3.5 billion (bn) and created over 5,000 direct jobs, in addition to hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs,” he added.

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