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PM inaugurates National Incubation Centre in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday inaugurated National Incubation Centre at Islamia College Peshawar.

“The government is striving to facilitate young generation by providing them endless opportunities of employment through promotion of internet broadband connectivity,” he said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of NIC in Peshawar.

He said the centre would cater to the needs of young generation in the field of information and technology by keeping pace with the fast changes in the field of science.

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The prime minister said incubation centre would explore the capabilities of young generation and serve as a bridge by giving them access to job opportunities inside the country as well as in the international market.

He said that provision of broadband facility was also being considered as one of the significant needs of the youth like basic education.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it would help bring youth living in the far-flung and tribal areas in the national mainstream of development and prosperity.

He said facilitation of young generation would eliminate issues like extremism, drug and arms use through opening of new vistas of growth and prosperity.

“The country was lagging behind in the field of information technology and telecommunication when the PML-N assumed power in 2013. Licenses of 3G and 4G were delayed for five years but after assuming power, we transparently issued licenses,” he said.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it was the first government, which not only conceptualized the projects but also completed them.

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He said 10,000 megawatt of electricity had been added to the system and the incumbant government signed gas agreements worth billions of dollars.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said the country’s technology center was witnessing a revolution.

She said 3G projects were being executed in far-flung areas which would be completed this year.

Anusha recalled that in 2013 internet facility was available only in three percent areas. Today, the broadband facility has reached thirty-five percent areas of the country, she added.

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