IT development is instrumental for good governance, prosperity: Minister Sharma
Kathmandu- Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Rekha Sharma, has advocated for utilising information technology as the basis of good governance and prosperity.
Inaugurating the 29th CAN Infotech organised by the Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) Federation here today, the Minister said the government acknowledged the information technology as a basic need of the citizens as well as a national priority.
Asserting that IT development is essential for achieving prosperity, the government Spokesperson expressed hope that the implementation of the digital Nepal framework would contribute significantly to IT-based progress.
The Minister underscored the government's commitment to establishing good governance, social justice, and prosperity as top national priorities, with the 16th periodic plan prioritizing the enhancement of information technology.
Sharma added the development of IT would create job opportunities, serving as a deterrent to the migration of youths seeking employment abroad. She urged the CAN Federation to explore additional service areas, insisting on the importance of public-private cooperation for promoting the IT sector.
The Minister stressed the need for substantial investment in the IT sector, describing it as a tool to strengthen the nation's economy. Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) President Rajesh Agrawal talked about the need of policy and legal stability to encourage potential investors in Nepal. Rajendra Malla, President of the Nepal Chamber of Commerce, asserted that the nation's development depends on the IT sector's growth, urging the government to take measures to position Nepal as an 'IT hub.'
CAN Federation President Ranjeet Kumar Poddar said Nepal has already launched the exports of IT services and this should be the priority of the State. The Infotech, featuring over 150 stalls, is expected to attract 350,000 visitors.