IT to spur growth in Punjab, says President UKPCCI

Web Desk 08:42 PM | 12 Apr, 2019
IT to spur growth in Punjab, says President UKPCCI
LAHORE - Our vision is to make Punjab the top e-governed, IT-enabled province, and a preferred destination for global IT businesses, as well as a major supplier of skilled human resource of IT, said Azfar Manzoor, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board while chairing the meeting of a delegation of 11 members from UK Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UKPCCI) at Arfa Software Technology Park in Lahore today.

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between PITB and UKPCCI for collaborative ICT interventions & growth of the digital ecosystem in Punjab. The visiting delegation was briefed about the nature and scope of PITB interventions in a presentation given by Chairman PITB, Mr Azfar Manzoor.

He apprised the guests that 65% of the population in Punjab is below 25 years of age, and they can be of great potential if trained in the right skillset. Presently, PITB provides consultation and physical support to 40 different departments of the government of Punjab in terms of process automation and launching new IT initiatives.

The delegation was informed that PITB’s strategy to accomplish this mission is based on supporting the industry, promoting entrepreneurship and job creation, digitization, e-governance and improving service delivery of citizen-centric services.

Chairman PITB, Azfar Manzoor also gave a run through of PITB’s entrepreneurial ventures such as Plan 9, Tech Hub Connect, e-Rozgaar, Herself and Plan X. While concluding the talk, he said that we would like to work with UKPCCI, and try to connect with the local industry to create new opportunities for incubators.

The delegation led by President UKPCCI, Amjad Khan lauded the role of PITB, showed immense interest in IT interventions and added that our prime interest is to tap into our young workforce and explore their talents and strengths. Currently, IT and tourism are the main priorities for economic growth in Punjab.

He also informed the investment of 200 million Pounds will be brought to IT, Tourism and other promising sectors in Punjab. UKPCCI is immensely pleased to channelize investment towards the market in Punjab, as the opportunity here is big and we have great plans for it, said the President UKPCCI. The delegation was also given a tour of PITB’s entrepreneurial venture Plan 9 where they were apprised of the projects being housed at the incubation centre.

Chairman PITB also presented a souvenir to UKPCCI delegation as a good-will gesture. PR

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on April 01, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on April 01 , 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.6 286.65
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 77.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.5 76.5
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 754.25 762.25
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.7
China Yuan CNY 41.16 41.56
Danish Krone DKK 41.49 41.89
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.11 36.46
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.25 2.3
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.86 933.86
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.14 64.73
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.37 178.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.16 27.46
Omani Riyal OMR 736.57 144.51
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR


Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 27.35 27.65
Swiss Franc CHF 310.26


Thai Bhat THB 8.29 8.44

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 01 April 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 209,000 on Saturday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs179,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Karachi PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Islamabad PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Peshawar PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Quetta PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Sialkot PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Attock PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Gujranwala PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Jehlum PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Multan PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Bahawalpur PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Gujrat PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Nawabshah PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Chakwal PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Hyderabad PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Nowshehra PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Sargodha PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Faisalabad PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Mirpur PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525


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