Pakistan, China agree to create e-corridor to supplement CPEC

STAFF REPORT ISB: A high level Chinese delegation, led by China Investment Promotion Centre Chairman Yan Lijin, has recently called on State Minister for IT Anusha Rehman.

During the meeting, both the sides discussed matters relating to collaboration between Pakistani and Chinese public and corporate sector stakeholders in the areas of innovation, IT parks, electronic payments and other ICT services and infrastructure of mutual interest.

While keeping in view the importance of the CPEC in establishing greater connectivity in the region, both the sides agreed to enable development of a range of initiatives in the ICT sphere to create an e-corridor to supplement the CPEC.

The IT minister apprised the delegates that Pakistans IT and telecom sector has lot of potential and now we have to explore the ways to reap this possible mutual dividend from the tech sectors in an optimal way.

She said that we believe in “Digital Pakistan” and Chinese cooperation and collaboration will help us to materialize this vision of “accelerated digitization”.

On a Chinese proposal of enabling public-private partnership and joint venture investment mechanism fully participated by the Chinese IT and innovation outfits, the minister assured the delegation that any proposals will be thoroughly and quickly analyzed to ensure full transparency and conformity to Pakistani legal system.

Ministry of IT and PSEB will ensure collaboration with the Chinese counterparts for synchronized efforts on all areas relating to ICT infrastructure and particularly technology park development.

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