KP goes Tech with the first ever Digital City in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to initiate the first-ever Digital City in the country around Islamabad.

In the midst of all the political drama, the hot episode of IMF, the Shahbaz Sharif / NAB chapter, Dam funds collection drive, the campaign for planting trees across the country, and the ‘Feroze Khan got upset with the Hum Style Awards Joke including his wife’ chapter, if there is one news that you do not know and are clearly missing out on is that Pakistan is initiating its first ever Digital City in the country.

The Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf government surely does look like it is in hot waters because of the recent decisions are taken by the government that many people are totally against. Like the recent plan to take IMF bailout package by Finance Minister. This is highly debatable, but it would be totally unjust to avoid highlighting the good things happening in these hundred days of PTI government that everyone is talking about.

This is a huge thing for the country since it is the first ever digital city which Pakistan is going to finally have. This decision was taken by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government which decided to begin the work on it and build this city in the nearby areas of the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad.

While sharing this news with the public on his Twitter account, Kamran Khan Bangash, the Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan on Science and Technology, announced that the provincial government has a massive plan of launching Pakistan Digital City Haripur, the first ever in the country, located behind the capital’s Margalla Hills.

He further added,

“Industrial revitalization in IT Sector is the cry of the day. We’re soliciting preliminary survey from National & International investors/industries for “Pakistan Digital City Haripur”, only 30 minutes’ drive from Islamabad,”

In his tweet regarding the Digital City, we love how Kamran Khan Bangash used the hashtag ‘KPgoesTech’. This is actually a super admirable achievement initiated by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and it indeed is leading KP to technological success and advancement.

What is a Digital City?

For those of you who have no idea what a Digital City is, you do not have to worry a bit as we have cracked down the mystery here.

A Digital City is basically a locally focused online network that provides local content i.e city-based content. This content may include community events, data related to nightlife, entertainment, visitor’s guide, e-commerce etc. It is like a city connected to the net with technology platforms that delivers information and communications management. This, as a result, processes a bundle of data and services to the residents of urban areas. In addition to this, any benefits of Digital city include new functionality for the management of the urban environment.

When it comes to development, we have seen a major change in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and fortunately, this change is positive. First, we saw the terrorism level in KP dropping down to the minimum, and then we saw high-quality universities and other educational institutes establishing in the province, then we saw a great development in the police department of Kpk and now digitization.

This is indeed an excellent initiative by the KP government since digitization is a key factor in making cities better sustainable, enables countries to develop new forms of urban logistics and mobility, such as electric mobility and car sharing. Not only this, but Digitalization also reinforces the possibilities of new and ensured safety and renewable source technologies. In addition to this, it also encourages the introduction of systems for withstanding extreme meteorological events to a great extent.

After the announcement by Kamran Khan Bangash, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) declared that they will transform this site into a platform where people belonging to businesses and tech corporations can cooperate. This indeed a great opportunity for them to begin their venture on it as well. The board stressed that the companies will be allowed to acquire a land on lease, it also welcomed private investors to grab the opportunity and participate in this initiative as well.

According to the latest news, while encouraging the investors to come forward, the board has asked for feedback and requirements from all potential investors to develop a city as per the demands of the industry. The board has announced that the potential investors could include as:

  • Electronic Manufacturers
  • Mobile, Computer and Peripheral Manufacturers
  • Communications Equipment Manufacturers
  • Semiconductor and other electronic Manufacturers
  • Audio, Video and Wearable Device Manufacturers
  • Software Houses
  • Technology Incubators
  • Academic Institutes (Universities/campuses)
  • Hospitality Services Industry
  • Linguistic Training Providers
  • Business Process Outsourcing firms.

Although this initiative sounds like an over the top excellent plan taken by the government since today, countries around the globe are making zillions of dollars because of their development in Tech and investment in the same industry. But we are not sure if the government will make this Digital City happen soon or will this idea go down the drain. Our hopes are high and we wish it turns out to be as successful and fruitful mega project as the Silicon Valley.

We pray this becomes a successful venture and does not end up as a failed startup.

How can the interested investors contact the board?

All those who want to take this opportunity and participate as an investor can contact the board on info@kpitb.gov.pk. This requires for the filling of the form available at the KPITB website to specify their requirements