PTA seeks pro­pos­als on im­prov­ing poli­cies

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

Ibrahim Yousuf KARACHI: Direc­tor (En­force­ment), Pak­istan Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n Author­ity (PTA) Syed Akhlaq Hus­sain Musavi has in­vited sug­ges­tions from Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (KCCI) and Karachi Elec­tronic Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ( KEDA) on var­i­ous PTApoli­cies af­fect­ing the lo­cal busi­nesses.

KCCI and KEDA have been ad­vised to also com­pile rec­om­men­da­tions on how to im­prove the process of type ap­proval cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of im­ported mo­bile phones so that it could be sim­pli­fied to fa­cil­i­tate the traders, KCCI re­lease here on Tues­day said.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing here at Karachi Cham­ber, PTA Direc­tor (En­force­ment) said PTA, be­ing a reg­u­la­tory body, was not au­tho­rized to de­vise poli­cies but was only re­spon­si­ble to en­sure im­ple­men­ta­tion of var­i­ous poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions be­ing for­mu­lated by the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

How­ever, he said, keep­ing in view the hard­ships be­ing faced by mo­bile phone traders of Karachi, he as­sured that all their sug­ges­tions for sim­pli­fy­ing com­plex poli­cies would be for­warded to the Min­istry with nec­es­sary amend­ments, if re­quired, for pro­vid­ing some re­lief to traders.

Pres­i­dent KCCI Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent KCCI, Muham­mad Ibrahim Ka­sumbi, Vice Pres­i­dent KCCI, Agha Sha­hab Ahmed Khan, for­mer vice pres­i­dent KCCI and Pres­i­dent KEDA, Muham­mad Idrees, Chair­man Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sub-Com­mit­tee, Im­ran Aziz, KCCI Manag­ing Com­mit­tee mem­bers and KEDA rep­re­sen­ta­tives be­sides As­sis­tant Direc­tor (En­force­ment) PTA, Zee­shan Shafiq at­tended the meet­ing.

Direc­tor En­force­ment PTA in­formed that un­der the Tele­com Act 1996 (sec­tion 29), no ter­mi­nal equip­ment can be di­rectly or in­di­rectly con­nected with Public Switched Tele­phone Net­work (PSTN) un­less it has been ap­proved by PTA. Type ap­proval granted by PTAsig­ni­fies that par­tic­u­lar telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment was ap­proved for gen­eral sale and was suit­able to con­nect with a spe­cific public telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work.

A sum of dol­lars 100 is charged as fee for type ap­proval for im­ported equip­ment and so far more than 300 com­pa­nies from Karachi, Is­lam­abad and La­hore have ac­quired type ap­proval cer­tifi­cates for var­i­ous hand­sets and other equip­ment, he added.

Re­ply­ing to a sug­ges­tion per­tain­ing to for­ma­tion of a com­mit­tee to look into var­i­ous is­sues and ac­cord­ingly give sug­ges­tions, Direc­tor En­force­ment PTA agreed to nom­i­nate PTA rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the pro­posed com­mit­tee which will also have rep­re­sen­ta­tives from KCCI and KEDAwith a view to take all stake­hold­ers on board.

Un­der­scor­ing the need to es­tab­lish Lab fa­cil­ity for test­ing mo­bile phones, he said that although ef­forts were made some time ago for set­ting up this im­por­tant lab but un­for­tu­nately no re­sponse was re­ceived.

This mo­bile test­ing lab must be es­tab­lished so that mo­bile phone's IMEIs, equip­ment's qual­ity and elec­tro­mag­netic rays could be thor­oughly checked to en­sure that mo­bile phones en­ter­ing Pak­istani mar­kets were car­ry­ing le­gal IMEI and were not in­ju­ri­ous to health.

Pres­i­dent KCCI, Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra said that Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try will al­ways sup­port poli­cies which are be­ing de­vised to stop mis­use of mo­bile phones and il­le­gal SIMs as KCCI strongly be­lieves that na­tional se­cu­rity sim­ply can­not be com­pro­mised. I S L A M A B A D : Chair­man of the Pak­istan Board of In­vest­ment (BoI) Mif­tah Is­mail has said that Pak­istan is an in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion be­cause of its work­force, pos­i­tive eco­nomic out­look with sta­ble in­di­ca­tors, huge re­source base, grow­ing fi­nan­cial mar­kets and very at­trac­tive in­vest­ment poli­cies. He was speak­ing at the third an­nual UK Pak­istan Trade and In­vest­ment Con­fer­ence held in Lon­don, United King­dom. The fo­cus of the con­fer­ence this year was on fi­nan­cial and pro­fes­sional ser­vices which was or­ga­nized by UK Trade and In­vest­ment (UKTI) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pak­istan High Com­mis­sion Lon­don, said a mes­sage re­ceived here Tues­day. The event is part of a se­ries of events through­out the year de­signed to high­light to UK busi­ness­men the op­por­tu­ni­ties in Pak­istan's grow­ing econ­omy - and to put key Pak­istani busi­ness lead­ers in con­tact with UK in­vestors. Mif­tah said that Pak­istan IS­LAM­ABAD: Min­is­ter of State for In­te­rior Ba­lighur-Rehman has said that en­sur­ing se­cu­rity of jour­nal­ists is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity and the govern­ment is com­mit­ted to play its part in train­ing jour­nal­ists and pro­vid­ing nec­es­sary se­cu­rity equip­ment. He was ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence to com­bat Im­punity and Safety of Jour­nal­ists in Is­lam­abad on Wed­nes­day. He said that the coun­try is in mid­dle of Zarb-e-Azb op­er­a­tion. He said that Pe­shawar at­tack was not only against our chil­dren, of­fered tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties of for­eign in­vest­ment in a wide va­ri­ety of sec­tors, par­tic­u­larly in power sec­tor, oil & gas ex­plo­ration, and food & agri­cul­ture. "The fi­nan­cial sec­tor of Pak­istan shows good prospects with in­crease in Is­lamic Bank­ing prac­tices and very strong cap­i­tal mar­kets. A to­tal of 26 banks op­er­at­ing in Pak­istan have for­eign share­hold­ing while 22 banks are listed on the stock ex­changes with a mar­ket cap­i­tal­iza­tion of PKR 1.5 tril­lion," the mes­sage quoted him as say­ing. He said due to eco­nomic re­forms agenda of the govern­ment, the econ­omy has gained sta­bil­ity and the eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors are on up­ward tra­jec­tory. Over 100 multi­na­tional com­pa­nies were suc­cess­fully do­ing busi­ness in Pak­istan, he said and in­vited the UK in­vestors for more busi­nesses to in­vest in the prof­itable mar­ket of Pak­istan. The Chair­man also ex­pressed his hope that through this con­fer­ence, the busi­nesses of both the coun­tries would ben­e­fit but ac­tu­ally it was an at­tack on our fu­ture. The min­is­ter said that jour­nal­ists par­tic­u­larly work­ing in the con­flict ar­eas were more vul­ner­a­ble to im­punity and the govern­ment will be tak­ing mea­sures to ad­dress these is­sues. He said that a me­dia cell in the in­te­rior min­istry is con­sti­tuted in this re­gard, so to look into me­dia re­lated com­plaints on pri­or­ity ba­sis. Ba­ligh said that Me­dia Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee on Na­tional Ac­tion Plan (NAP) has also started work­ing which has the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of all stake­hold- from the pro­fes­sional and fi­nan­cial ser­vices that UK of­fered. UK For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice Min­is­ter for Pak­istan, To­bias Ell­wood MP rep­re­sented the Bri­tish Govern­ment. More than fifty CEOs and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Bri­tish as well as Pak­istani com­pa­nies at­tended the Con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence fol­lowed Novem­ber's UK-Pak­istan En­ergy con­fer­ence which looked at how Pak­istan could ad­dress its en­ergy chal­lenges, shar­ing UK ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence in the en­ergy sec­tor. Ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence, To­bias Ell­wood said that he firmly be­lieved that they could play a part in build­ing Pak­istan's econ­omy and open­ing doors for UK busi­ness. "I am de­lighted that there are so many ex­perts and com­pa­nies from the UK and Pak­istan here today. I hope the real progress made on our bi­lat­eral trade re­la­tion­ship con­tin­ues and bring us closer to­wards our im­por­tant and chal­leng­ing trade tar­get," he added. ers in­clud­ing me­dia peo­ple, Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing and Min­istry of In­te­rior. He said that an an­droid ap­pli­ca­tion is de­vel­oped by Min­istry of In­te­rior and ICT to fa­cil­i­tate im­punity re­lated com­plaints. The min­is­ter said that soon much awaited Cy­ber Crime Law would be passed by the Par­lia­ment to counter on­line threats. He said that the sug­ges­tions pro­posed by the con­fer­ence would minutely be looked into and the govern­ment would try its best to in­cor­po­rate them into leg­is­la­tion. -DNA IS­LAM­ABAD: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment & Re­form, Prof Ah­san Iqbal meet­ing with newly ap­pointed Par­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Pak­istan to UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi. -DNA

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