ISLAMABAD  - Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications Anusha Rahman Monday said inception of 3G and 4G technology would bring economic growth and ensure millions of new jobs to educated youth in the country.

The youth should not only use latest technology for entertainment purpose but also need to explore it for development of database purpose and software, she said while chairing a meeting here. The meeting was convened to review progress of different projects which are being carried out under direct supervision of the Ministry. Secretary IT, Ahklaq Ahmad Tarar, Additional Secretary IT Azmat Ali Ranjha and other high officials of the Ministry were also present. The minister said, "We are entering into new era of technological and communicational advancement. E-government system is being implemented in all federal ministries and their attached departments to create "less paper" environment and ensure efficiency, transparency and good governance."

She said the government has assigned utmost priority to development of ICT sector and put in place all possible measures to accelerate development of technology in the country and added that establishment of 500 Universal Tele-centers in rural and remote areas would work as "resource centers" to facilitate people by offering them services of birth registrations, e-commerce, e-health, e-learning, registration and verification of SIM Cards/ID cards through NADRA.

She stressed that the objective behind the establishment of Tele-centers was to create job opportunities amongst the youth and to enhance ICT awareness in remote and neglected areas.

The minister said the government was also pursuing a project of technology parks which will be established in three metropolitan cities - Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore respectively to provide conducive technological environment and to facilitate the companies working in ICT sector.