Technical Workforce Development
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government keeping in view the emerging needs in the field of Information Technology have chalked out plans to develop Technology city in Peshawar for capacity building and skill development in technical and linguistic. A Confucius Institute has been planned to be established in Peshawar for the development of linguistic skills in Chinese.
Under the project linguistic skills of 300 ICTE graduates will be developed.03 batches comprising of 100 students per batch will be selected after every 06 months for internship program in Chinese language at Confucius Institute Peshawar, for a period of 03 months. Similarly, technical skills of 300 ICTE graduates who have completed 03 months Chinese language course will be selected in 3 batches of 100 students each after every 06 months for internship in ICTE manufacturing industry in China.
Technology City at Rashakai will provide an ideal eco-system for Chinese firms for shifting parts of their manufacturing facilities and bring it closer to the global consumer markets while still maintaining close proximity with the supply-chain. Realizing the importance of local ICT-manufacturing in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, it is required to focus on the following dimensional strategic steps:
The growth of knowledge-intensive manufacturing is expected to create shortage of both high-skills workers and medium-skills workers such as engineers and technicians respectively. With the expected growth of manufacturing facilities in newly establishing Technology City, shortage of both highly skilled workers and low-skilled workers will increase and directly affect the competitive advantage of the Technology City for manufacturing. Effective steps should be taken regarding workforce skills development for electronic manufacturing to support the demand for highly-skilled and low-skilled workers according to the manufacturing industry requirements to retain the competitiveness of Technology City in terms or workforce.
China and Pakistan adhere to different socio-political systems, languages, customs, religions, folk etc. So far, little attention has been paid to promote cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts. As a result, cultural relations have remained far below the political and diplomatic relationship with China. For the successful business operations of Chinese manufacturers in the Technology City, significant steps should be taken for the promotion of Chinese Language and Sino-Pakistan cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts.
The feasibility study and acquisition of land is in progress. The internees trained in the EMS companies would serve as their employees in KP Technology City.
The project can be executed through BOT/G2G or other modes of investment mutually agreed by both the parties. The project is open for all the state-owned, state-supported and private entities, universities/ corporations like Foxconn China, Qualcomm, Cirrus Logic and SK Hynix.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will facilitate investors for interaction with relevant agencies and is committed to be the partner of investor by providing all the basic facilities in execution of the project. It will provide all legal and technical assistance to the investors. The government will provide assurance of money security. The investors friendly security situation prevails in the province.