‘Pak­istan of­fers im­mense ICT in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties’

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Rev­o­lu­tion has made the coun­try a lu­cra­tive des­ti­na­tion for both the lo­cal and for­eign in­vestors. “Pak­istan of­fers ample op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­vest­ment in the telecom sec­tor and the gov­ern­ment ac­cords high­est pri­or­ity to the de­vel­op­ment of IT (in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy) and telecom sec­tor,” Anusha Rehman, min­is­ter for IT and telecom said, dur­ing a meet­ing with Jon Eddy, head of Emerg­ing Mar­kets Vim­pel­com Lim­ited, which owns Mo­bilink.

Rehman said the lib­eral and in­vest­ment-friendly poli­cies, eco­nomic re­forms in­tro­duced by the present gov­ern­ment, are phe­nom­e­nal. “Noth­ing less than a telecom rev­o­lu­tion has been wit­nessed in IT and telecom sec­tor,” she added. “We be­lieve in growth through pub­lic- pri­vate part­ner­ship and ex­pect Mo­bilink to play a more mean­ing­ful role in re­al­is­ing the vi­sion of dig­i­tal Pak­istan.”

Min­is­ter Rehman said the gov­ern­ment is pur­su­ing the vi­sion of dig­i­tal Pak­istan by con­nect­ing peo­ple of un­served /un­der-served ar­eas and pro­vid­ing plat­forms for e-ser­vices. “We be­lieve in cul­mi­na­tion of dig­i­tal di­vide that’s why un­der-served and marginalised ar­eas of the coun­try are our main fo­cus,” she said.

Eddy ap­pre­ci­ated the gov­ern­ment’s telecom pol­icy, which has spurred healthy com­pe­ti­tion among the lead­ing cel­lu­lar com­pa­nies. “Pak­istan’s telecom sec­tor has great po­ten­tial and Mo­bilink has ex­panded its net­work and op­er­a­tions in Pak­istan and (is) us­ing Pak­istan as a hub for (pro­vid­ing) all the ser­vices to its af­fil­i­ates,” Eddy said. He re­it­er­ated his com­pany’s com­mit­ment to­wards fa­cil­i­tat­ing the peo­ple of Pak­istan with mod­ern in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy

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