The government will create a center of excellence in animation


KARACHI:

The creation of a “Center of Excellence in Animation” is essential because the world has a large animation market while Pakistan has no significant share, said Federal Minister of Information Technology and Communication. telecommunications, Syed Aminul Haque.

During a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Ignite and the University of Karachi on Saturday, the minister stressed that the center of excellence will benefit students from different universities, including the University of Karachi.

“We want to start working on it immediately,” he said, adding that Rs2 billion had been allocated to the project, of which Rs1 billion would be released immediately. “The animation center will be completed within six to eight months.

About Rs 31 billion has been spent on connectivity “because we want to connect the whole country to internet service,” the minister said.

About 100 million people used broadband and 180 million used cellphones, he said, noting that new cellphones were also being made in Pakistan. “The smartphone for everyone is our vision. “

He said: “We want everything to be digitized; even parliament is going to be digitized.

IT exports have increased by 57% this year, the minister said, adding that 5G will be launched by December 2022.

Discussing the problems of Karachi, he said that the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) had taken over the K4 project to solve the problem of water scarcity in the metropolis and that the project would be completed in two years.

The transport problem was also being solved, as the Green Line project would start in November of this year.

“A 911 helpline will soon be launched to facilitate citizens across the country,” the minister said.

Posted in The Express Tribune, October 10e, 2021.

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