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First cyber community centre launched in Gwadar

KARACHI- The first Cyber Community Centre (CCC) in Pakistan was inaugurated at Gawadar, Balochistan on Wednesday, says a World Conservation Union (IUCN) statement issued here.

The Balochistan minister for social welfare, Ms. Roshan Khursheed Barocha, in her speech emphasized the importance of information and communication technology for sustainable development and lauded the efforts of IUCN Pakistan in this respect particularly in the remote areas.

She expressed her delight at the establishment of the country’s first Cyber Community Centre (CCC) at Gawadar and said that it would go a long way towards sustainable socio-economic development of the area.

She also mentioned the creation of Provincial Information Technology Board and initiation of computer classes in various educational institutions of Balochistan.

Nadir Gul, the programme coordinator IUCN Balochistan, in his welcome address also highlighted the activities of IUCN.

Sabahat Saeed of Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP) Pakistan and Younas Hussain president of Rural Community Development Council (RCDC) also spoke on the occasion.

Moin Haider Zaidi, coordinator of SDNP, has said that the project not only envisages the training pertaining to computer and Internet but the community would also be involved in the exercise.

Zaidi said that the project would benefit the people of the area as they would be having access to information available on the Internet.

The local population would also be able to communicate with the rest of the country and the world using the CCC facility.

A seminar on the role of information and communication technologies in development was also organized at Gawadar on the occasion in collaboration with the RCDC. A website on Gawadar district was also launched on the occasion.

Zaidi said that the second CCC would be set up at Mithi in Tharparkar in the first week of next month. This project would be taken up in collaboration with the Baanh Beli.

Source: Business Recorder
Date:4/19/2001