KARACHI: The government will soon be launching 5-G mobile broadband technology for commercial purposes, said Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday.
Addressing a seminar on “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Business Opportunities”, organised by the Federal Ministry of Planning and Development, he said that the government is committed to technology-induced development across the country.
“It is in the very spirit that 5-G technology will soon be readily available to the people.” Iqbal, who is also the planning minister, said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project itself is in accordance with the vision of technology-induced development. Emphasising that CPEC is a massive project, he said that political stability in the country and continuity of policies will very soon turn Pakistan into a global hub of economic, financial and commercial activities.
Talking about Gwadar, the minister said that the importance of the world-class sea port for the region itself cannot be ignored and as an integral component of CPEC it will help connect different regions and contribute towards development in Asia as a whole.
“This is not a mere assumption that Asia will be contributing 52% of the world’s GDP by 2050,” said Iqbal.
Reiterating that poverty alleviation is among the top priorities of the government, he said that a comprehensive scheme has also been chalked out to generate optimum employment opportunities for the people through adequate attention towards industrialisation, services sector and agriculture growth on scientific lines.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2017.