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World Mobile launches centres for Blockchain innovation and development in Pakistan

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World Mobile, in partnership with Worldcall has signed collaboration MoU with the University of Central Punjab (UCP) and Akhuwat Micofinance Foundation (AMF) for establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Blockchain technology.

World Mobile will support and endorse sustainable programs that would be instrumental for the introduction, promotion and development of blockchain technology throughout the region.

UCP is known for its gender and social inclusiveness with a student body of over 40,000. UCP also has one of the best scholarship programs and has already disbursed nearly USD 30 million to deserving students over the years.

UCP enjoys a good standing as a centre of learning including its Computer Sciences, Information Technology and Data Sciences programs. UCP recently started offering blockchain as part of its curriculum. Under the program, World Mobile and partners will provide UCP access to certifications and accreditations in blockchain technolgies.

AMF is the largest interest free microfinance organization in the world providing economic enablement to communities across Pakistan.  Under the foundation, Akhuwat Education Services provide free education along with financial support to deserving students. AMF believes that access to quality education holds the key to future financial well-being of the communities it serves. Under the MoU World Mobile and its partners will provide support for the establishment of a blockchain lab and connectivity to blockchain eco-system across the globe.

Talking on the occasion, Dr Nassar Ikram, UCP Pro Rector shared that UCP has been gearing up to introduce modern technologies in their academic and professional education programs and the partnership of WTL and WMG would ensure that full potential of blockchain as technology platform is unlocked to meet the requirements in technical and social domains.

Dr Amjad Saqib, founder of Akhuwat and recipient of prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2021 for his poverty alleviation work, thanked World Mobile and Worldcall for their involvment in the establishment of blockchain lab at Akhuwat University Campus in Kasur.

Charles Barnett, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder, of World Mobile said: “We’re delighted to establish this project with Wordcall to deliver a Centre of Excellence for Blockchain technology with the UCP and AMF. Our mission is to connect the unconnected and we are utilizing blockchain technology to do this. Trust, digital ID, self data governance are all made possible with blockchain and it should be a global interest to nuture and develop talent in this field.”

Mr. Babar Ali Syed, CEO Worldcall thanked UCP and Akhuwat for giving World Mobile and Worldcall an opportunity to establish excellence centres for blockchain technology. A firm believer and promoter of blockchain, Mr. Syed stands committed towards making Pakistan a blockchain technology powerhouse on global stage. Trained human resource coming out of these institutions would be instrumental in achieving this goal.

World Mobile has already rolled out Blockchain controlled telecoms and a network of balloons across Africa to bring cellular connectivity to the continent, starting in Zanzibar.

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