KP govt & NLC ink deal for Pakistan’s first digital city

The digital city would be established in Haripur, spanning an area of 87 Kanal. Once established, Pakistan Digital City will serve as a state-of-the-art facility to enable collaborations and innovation amongst academia, research, industry, and planners from within Pakistan and abroad.


The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has recently signed agreements with various institutions and organizations for technology-based projects. The National Logistics Cell (NLC) also signed an agreement.

The KP government through its Science and Technology and Information Technology Department has signed an agreement with NLC for establishing Pakistan Digital City as the first special technology zone of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the first purpose-built STZs in Pakistan.

The digital city would be established in Haripur spanning an area of 87 Kanal which would create more than 20,000 direct, indirect and induced high-tech jobs in the province.

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The aim of establishing the Digital City is to facilitate IT industries, promote the business of ICTs and software companies, encourage innovations and entrepreneurship, and capitalize on the immense job creation potential of ICTs.

The important technologies to be transferred immediately and introduced under the program include high-tech manufacturing, artificial intelligence, Quantum Computing, Cyber-Physical systems, and Cyber Security.

KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan attended the signing ceremony as a chief guest. The KP government also signed agreements with Udacity, NETSOL, GSK, and NADRA. The step is an important development toward digital transformation in the province.

NLC making Pakistan strong

Pertinent to mention, NLC has contributed remarkably to Pakistan’s nation-building efforts due to the timely completion of important projects. Furthermore, NLC continues to play its role in boosting economic activities in the country.

It runs one of Pakistan’s largest dry cargo operations covering more than 100 destinations. Additionally, NLC is the first logistics organization in Pakistan to establish market connectivity through land routes under Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR). This made Pakistan the 78th country to join TIR.

NLC has also contributed to promoting tourism. Recently, it became the official sponsor of the Shandur Polo Festival to be held from 1st July. NLC and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Shandur Polo Festival.

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