Pakistan to narrow digital divide, promote skills


Sharif announced that Pakistan will host the 10th conference of Commonwealth Youth Affairs Ministers in Islamabad in January next year….reports Asian Lite News

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the government will take measures to help narrow the digital divide and promote literacy and skills among the youth in all forms of education and learning.

“With the increased role of technology and use of the digital medium, we have come to realize that digital transformation is the key to achieving innovative, exclusive and sustainable growth,” Sharif said here while addressing virtually the Commonwealth Summit currently held in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital.

The Prime Minister appreciated the impact that such multilateral forums can create to implement the shared values and principles as per the Commonwealth Charter, reports Xinhua news agency.

He also reiterated that Pakistan is ready to contribute to the collective endeavours for the development of youth.

Sharif announced that Pakistan will host the 10th conference of Commonwealth Youth Affairs Ministers in Islamabad in January next year.

The premier extended an invitation to the ministers of all Commonwealth countries to visit and explore the diversity and beauty of Pakistan.

Meanwhile earlier, Prime Minister Sharif said the country’s economic future was linked to the success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with Gwadar Port as its “main component”.

At the passing out parade of the 117th Midshipman and 25th Short Service Commission course at the Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi, he stressed the need for a “strong and vibrant” navy had become more important than ever before because of the growing blue economy, marine security and strategic defence, Dawn news reported.

“The maritime domain is continuously evolving due to technological advancements and changing geopolitical realities,” the premier said, noting that these changes were taking place both globally and regionally.

“And I am glad that Pakistan Navy with its available resources continues to perform and fulfil our international obligations most effectively,” he remarked.

The Prime Minister highlighted that economic progress in the country could only take place in a peaceful environment.

“It is, therefore, our government’s resolve to make all necessary resources available to strengthen Pakistan Navy for making the seaward defence impregnable,” Dawn news quoted Sharif as saying.

Pakistan believed in “peaceful co-existence and wanted to promote a friendly neighbourhood, he said, adding: “We do not harbour any aggressive designs against any country. However, our desire for peace must not be misconceived as a sign of weakness or indifference.

“Any disguised or unnatural arrangement for supremacy would neither succeed nor serve the purpose for peace and stability.”

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