Queen Max­ima lauds MoIT’s ef­forts for up­lift­ing tele­com sec­tor

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral's Spe­cial ad­vo­cate on In­clu­sive Fi­nance for De­vel­op­ment, Queen of Nether­lands, Her Majesty Max­ima on Thurs­day ap­pre­ci­ated the en­deav­ors of Min­istry of IT for up­lift­ing of tele­com sec­tor of Pak­istan. HM Queen Max­ima met the Min­is­ter of IT in Is­lam­abad Thurs­day. Upon her ar­rival, Min­is­ter of State for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Ms. Anusha Rah­man gave a warm re­cep­tion to the Queen. Fed­eral Sec­re­tary IT, Mr. Az­mat Ali Ran­jha, Chair­man PTA, Chair­man NTC, Mem­bers Tele­com, IT, Le­gal and HRD were also present dur­ing the event.

Min­is­ter of State for IT ap­prised the Her Majesty Queen Max­ima that the present govern­ment un­der the vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif fully re­al­izes the po­ten­tial of ICTs to spur so­cio-eco­nomic growth; and con­sid­ers ICTs as a key en­abler to achieve ef­fi­ciency, trans­parency, good gov­er­nance and em­pow­er­ing the peo­ple. MoIT is pur­su­ing with the vi­sion of ac­cel­er­ated dig­i­ti­za­tion to trans­form Pak­istan into a knowl­edge based econ­omy. Our fo­cus re­mains on ubiq­ui­tous de­vel­op­ment of ICT in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try with spe­cial em­pha­sis on serv­ing marginal­ized seg­ments of the so­ci­ety and bridg­ing the dig­i­tal di­vide. Min­istry of IT has played its role as an im­por­tant stake­holder with re­spect to pro­vi­sion of ubiq­ui­tous and af­ford­able telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices, es­pe­cially cel­lu­lar mo­bile ser­vices, to help, in­ter alia, with im­prov­ing ac­cess of un-banked peo­ple of Pak­istan liv­ing in re­mote ar­eas to the fi­nan­cial ser­vices.

As a Pol­icy pri­or­ity, this govern­ment has launched Next Gen­er­a­tion Mo­bile (3G/4G) Ser­vices in Pak­istan in 2014. On tech­nol­ogy front, Pak­istan has be­come at par with the de­vel­oped world. To­day Pak­istan has more than 15% broad­band pen­e­tra­tion and grow­ing as com­pared to less than 3% two years ago. With pro­lif­er­a­tion of wire­less broad­band mainly ac­cessed through Smart­phones the data band­width re­quire­ment has nearly dou­bled over the pre­vi­ous year. Broad­band (3G/4G) data has en­abled huge op­por­tu­nity for in­no­va­tive prod­ucts, apps and ser­vices par­tic­u­larly in the so­cial sec­tor do­mains e.g. e/m-medicine, e/m-com­merce, e/m-health and e/m-learn­ing, etc. The Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Pol­icy 2015 is very much aligned with Post 2015 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and the WSIS Ac­tion Lines.

While ad­dress­ing the dig­i­tal di­vide, Min­is­ter in­formed HM Queen of Nether­lands that the un­der-served and un­served ar­eas are the prime fo­cus of the Min­istry and all projects to pro­vide con­nec­tiv­ity for dis­ad­van­taged seg­ments will be rolled out by early 2018.

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