Microsoft to open new training, development centre in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD – Microsoft (MS) on Monday announced its plans to open a new training and development centre in Pakistan which will significantly expand the company’s investment in the country and will bring more opportunities for local companies and professionals.
This was disclosed by GM Microsoft North Africa, East Mediterranean and Pakistan (NEPA) Leila Serhan during a meeting with Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman in her office, officials said.
During the meeting, Serhan stated that Microsoft believed in introduction of Microsoft technologies and trainings to transform social sector and service delivery, foster local innovation and develop HR capacities. She also said that Microsoft was successfully running 160 training centers throughout Pakistan.
By witnessing exponential development in ICT sector of Pakistan, Microsoft had decided to invest more in Pakistani’s ICT sector, she explained.
Microsoft officials, however, expressed concerns over software piracy, cyber security and data protection, which were, according to them, impacting the ICT business landscape in the country badly.
The minister said, “Data Protection and Cyber Security are global concerns and we are already working for redressal of their grievances. We have taken stringent measures in our cyber crime bill which is in the process of legislation,” Rehman said. The minister appreciated the Microsoft for partnering and signing MoU in ICT for Girls Project under which young girls from marginalised segment of the society will get IT training. Microsoft delegation also announced to start formal training of Baitul Maal students from the month of February.
Rehman requested Microsoft for assistance in preparation of ICT curriculum which was agreed by Microsoft.