Con­nect­ing for progress

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The 7th In­for­ma­tion & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence – Con­nect 2012 took place at the Karachi Expo Cen­tre from May 22 to 24. Syed Raza Ha­roon, Sindh Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, jointly in­au­gu­rated the event with Muham­mad Ayub Khan, Min­is­ter of Sci­ence & In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Khy­ber Pukhtoonkhwa.

Raza Ha­roon said the In­for­ma­tion This project would en­able Pak­istan to have its foot­print on the global IT map as it would pro­vide tech­no­log­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties such as tele-me­ter­ing of wa­ter dis­charge in rivers and canals, weather fore­cast, nav­i­ga­tion, dis­as­ter man­age­ment and land man­age­ment.

Re­fer­ring to other IT projects, the Sindh IT min­is­ter said that man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion sys­tem (MIS) of Civil Hospi­tal had been com­pleted while the e-polic­ing project Tech­nol­ogy Depart­ment of Sindh was undertaking two multi­bil­lion-ru­pee ICT projects, Arfa Karim IT City and Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GIS) for Sindh to pro­mote and de­velop ICT in­fra­struc­ture in the prov­ince.

He said the mas­ter plan for this flag­ship IT City project was un­der prepa­ra­tion, while 200 acres of land has been ac­quired and fenced ad­ja­cent to the Ed­u­ca­tion City while site of­fice was com­plete. He fur­ther said that the GIS project would be a model project and would cre­ate satel­lite im­ages of the en­tire Sindh prov­ince, es­pe­cially of the land and in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties. would be com­pleted soon. More than 200 cam­eras had been in­stalled at 40 strate­gic spots to mon­i­tor law and or­der sit­u­a­tion.

Sim­i­larly, sev­eral dis­tricts had been con­nected to the IT net­work of Sindh IT Depart­ment through video con­fer­enc­ing fa­cil­ity so that the Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter, Gover­nor and Chief Min­is­ter could make di­rect contact with of­fi­cials.

Raza Ha­roon said he was ready to take a del­e­ga­tion of his depart­ment to Khy­ber Pukhtoonkhwa and set up a camp of­fice there to sup­port the IT sec­tor in the prov­ince.

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