‘Knowledge Economy’: Government signs agreements with IT companies

Published: April 29, 2012
Microsoft, Cisco, Huawei, Oracle, Teradata and Transworld agree to help students. PHOTO: FILE

Microsoft, Cisco, Huawei, Oracle, Teradata and Transworld agree to help students. PHOTO: FILE


After setting up computer labs in schools and distributing laptops, the government is now providing the youth access to multinational companies, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday.

Speaking at a function at the Arfa Software Technology Park, he said that agreements with these companies will help the youth in learning software programming.

“The government is launching an e-employment scheme with Microsoft for the students who received laptops,” he said. He announced that free Wi-Fi facilities will be provided to students at several educational institutions.

MoUs were signed with various companies to enhance cooperation in the IT sector. Microsoft has agreed to train students in internet-based self-employment methods. Cisco has agreed to set up the Cisco Network Academy. Huawei Company has agreed to develop information and communication technology infrastructure development and build training facilities. Oracle has agreed to provide students training at an Oracle technology and certification facility.

Teradata has agreed to establish a development centre employing 200 people. Transworld Company has agreed to provide a fibre optic link to Arfa Software Park. Wateen has agreed to provide free Wi-Fi internet facilities to educational institutions in the province.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly mentioned Huawei as Hawaway. The error has been rectified. 

Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Maria
    Apr 29, 2012 - 5:54PM

    Great to see that the IT Industry in Lahore is getting another boost. Arfa Software Park will pay off for the Pakistani economy even more in due time.


  • Abdul Qayyum Bhatti
    Apr 29, 2012 - 6:39PM

    These are good steps to provide our students with the skills which can introduce them at the world’s level but after why just before leaving for national elections after enjoying almost four and half year in government. Is it not a politics to attract educated young people in Pakistan who are fans of PTI? They are just MOUs and will take time to come into implementation stages but will the PML (N) be in Government to steer this segment of their educational policy?


  • Ahsan Rasheed
    Apr 29, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Its not Hawaway…its Huawei….. One of World’s largest Telecom Vendors!


  • stenson
    Apr 30, 2012 - 1:08AM

    @Abdul Qayyum Bhatti: No matter whether it is PTI or PML, both are equally keen to see development in Pakistan but you have to admit that the CM of Punjab has done a great job of improving Lahore and Punjab in general. Compare growth and projects done by the provincial government in Punjab compared to anywhere else in Pakistan. We should give credit where it is due.- even if it is to Shahbaz Sharif who is a good administrator.


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