Malaysian help for IT city sought
ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on October 25, said Pakistan and Malaysia could join hands in the information technology sector and added that Malaysian experts could help Pakistan in developing an IT city in Islamabad.
The foreign minister, who is visiting Malaysia, was talking to officials of Cyber Jaya, the flagship of internet city set up by the Malaysian government in Kuala Lumpur.
He visited the Cyber Jaya that aims to demonstrate how societies with the latest knowledge and skill will work in the future.
Mr Kasuri is leading a delegation to the third session of Pakistan-Malaysia Joint Ministerial Commission currently being held in Kuala Lumpur.
The delegation includes the minister of state for tourism and representatives of the foreign ministry, Export Promotion Bureau, Board of Investment and Pakistan Software Export Board.
Mr Kasuri, who was accompanied by Dr Aamir Matin, Managing Director of Pakistan Software Export Board, appreciated the lead that the Multimedia Development Corporation had taken in positioning Kuala Lumpur as the IT hub of the region.
Mr Kasuri informed the CEO of the MDC, Dr Arif Noon, about the progress Pakistan had made in the IT sector and invited him to participate in developing an IT city in Islamabad on the lines of the work that has been done in Cyber Jaya.
Possibility of access to Malaysian venture capital funds was also discussed. It was noted that Pakistani entrepreneurs could also benefit by submitting innovative proposals that could be subsequently funded by the venture firms in Malaysia.
The foreign minister also interacted with local and international media in Kuala Lumpur.
The minister spoke extensively on Pakistan-India relations and regional issues such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
The ministerial meeting of the joint commission will take place on October 26.
The senior officials meeting of the joint commission was held on October 25, in which several proposals were finalized for closer economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries.