The government has decided to provide training to one million youngsters in freelancing skills in area of information technology in next five years. The Minister of State for IT & Telecom Ms. Anusha Rehman has directed Mr. Yusuf Hussain, CEO Ignite (Formerly National ICT R&D Fund) Company to float a Request for Proposal (RFP) of the national technical training program approved so that our youngsters could be turned in to a skillful human resource after getting an appropriate ICTs training. The Board approved training of one million youngsters in freelancing skill set in the next 5 years.

The Board was apprised by the CEO that 8th March was announced as cutoff date for submission of proposals for establishment of 4 more Incubation Centers and we are receiving very encouraging feedback from the industry which speaks volume of their level of interest and trust in our endeavors.

The Board was also presented draft RFP for startups for IOT, FinTech, and Robotics. The minister was also informed that she has chaired 25 consecutive board meetings of ICT R&D Fund Company within last three years. Anusha Rehman said that our government attaches highest priority to ICTs development to materialize Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif vision of “Accelerated Digitization”. She directed the company to gear up their efforts to meet all given timelines for all 7 incubation canters within stipulated time frame.