Italy to launch Radio Education initiative for out-of-school children in Pakistan

Italy, in collaboration with local partners and supported by UNESCO, will launch a pioneering “Radio Education” programme across Pakistan next month to bridge educational gaps and empower underprivileged communities.

This was stated by Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Marilina Armellin in an interview with APP.

She said the initiative will also help in sharing practical information on sustainable development practices for schools.

The upcoming “Radio Education” project will use Interactive Radio Instruction to enhance after-school education and community resilience.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Over 300,000 foreign nationals repatriated to their homeland: KP CM

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ali Amin Gandapur says more than three hundred thousand foreigners from the province have been repatriated to their native countries.

Talking to a delegation of UNHCR in Islamabad today, he said the government is providing all possible facilities to the foreigners who are voluntarily repatriating to their countries.

Ali Amin Gandapur said the government is ready to provide healthcare facilities to the Afghan nationals if UNHCR issues health cards to them.

Source: Radio Pakistan

IT exports to cross mark of $3bn this year: Shaza

Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Shaza Fatima Khawaja has expressed the confidence that IT exports will cross the mark of three billion dollars this year.

Taking the floor in the National Assembly, she said the IT exports are expected to touch the mark of 25 billion dollars in next five years as per the vision of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The Minister of State said the IT sector remained one of the key sectors during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visits abroad. She said an agreement was signed with the Huawei Company of China under which Islamabad will be made a smart city, while the safe city project will be extended to other cities of Pakistan. She added that 300,000 youth will be trained under this understanding which is beginning from the next month.

Shaza Fatima Khawaja said training will be started with Google, Microsoft and other leading IT companies of the world to prepare at least 1.5 million IT certified individuals over the next five years. She said the D
igiSkills programme will be further expanded. She said we are working on establishing the Centre for Excellence for Gaming to promote the gaming industry in the country and start-up ecosystem where all the students have uniform opportunities to grow in the IT sector.

On the legislative side, the Minister of State said Pakistan’s first ever Cyber Emergency Policy, draft of the National Artificial Intelligence policy, and Personal Data Protection Bill have been prepared, while a committee on National Semiconductor policy has been formed.

Shaza Fatima Khawaja said Pakistan’s National Digitization plan has been prepared, which include Digital Economy, Digital Governance, and Digital Society.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Amir Muqam assures FATA traders to resolve their issues

Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Amir Muqam has reiterated to continue raising awareness about the sacrifices of the people of FATA at all fora.

In a meeting with the delegation of traders from Malakand in Islamabad today, he vowed to continue representing his people at all levels.

The Minister thanked the Prime Minister for supporting his stand regarding FATA and PATA tax exemption.

The minister also discussed with the delegation the problems faced by the business community and assured to resolve the problems of the business community.

Source: Radio Pakistan