PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, while welcoming the establishment of National Incubation Centre (NIC) under the aegis of Federal Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom in Peshawar, has said that such initiatives would provide ample opportunities for flourishing entrepreneurship and promote the spirit to create a positive business momentum in the province.
He said this while addressing the launching ceremony of the centre at the Roose Keeple Hall of the Islamia College University here on Saturday wherein Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was the chief guest.
The centre has been established in collaboration with Ignite, LMKT and PTCL, the private sector entities. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman, Advisor to Prime Minister Engineer Ameer Muqam, parliamentarians and other officials concerned were also present on the occasion.
The governor welcomed the inclusion of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Digital Pakistan Initiative of the federal government and said, “Our people have immense potential and such initiatives go a long way in creating a positive business momentum in our province.”
“Initiatives for the youth such as National Incubation Center here are crucial for the development of our young talent,” he added.
Entrepreneurship, the governor said, required not only setting up a business but also having the necessary support in terms of innovative ideas, marketing, training, mentorship and ability to sustain the business against tough competitions. Not only that, he added that the business environment also had to be positive, provided with back-end support from the government – be it provincial or federal.
Therefore, he said that the economy required mobilizing the youth towards technology-driven startups which have a high potential growth. “We can be in the league of global economic powers through public and private collaborations as we witness today by Ignite, LMKT and PTCL,” he added.
The governor expressed the confidence that the healthy business environment will be helpful in creating a way to digital Pakistan, and such incubation centres would play important role in this respect.