The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), has announced to build Pakistan’s first ever digital city very soon.
The digital city would be established in Haripur, a town situated behind Islamabad’s Margalla Hills.
Kamran Khan Bangash, who is the Special Assistant to Chief Minister K-P Mehmood Khan on Science & Technology and Information Technology, announced this news on his Twitter handle.
“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,” Kamran tweeted.
Industrial revitalisation 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. #KPvision2023 #KPgoesTech https://t.co/ChNzhQO4OT pic.twitter.com/vzC5l7VnRJ
— Kamran Khan Bangash (@kamrankbangash) October 1, 2018
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) has also made it known that they will transform the site into a platform where a variety of businesses and tech corporations could operate.
The board said it would allow the companies to obtain the land on lease and welcomed private investors to partake in the initiative.
KPITB has asked for feedback and requirements from all potential investors to develop a city as per industry-specific demands.
The board has also mentioned the potential investors could include:
- 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.