GSMA delegation led by spectrum Director Asia pacific calls on Minister of state for Information Technology

Islamabad, November 12, 2014 (PPI-OT): GSMA delegation led by Mr. Chris Zull spectrum Director Asia Pacific called on the Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecom Ms Anusha Rahman in her office today Federal Secretary IT Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha was also present in the meeting.

The Minister apprised the delegates regarding the role of current government reflecting most visible positive change in Pakistan. She also appreciated the GSMA for coming up with best practice policy and regulatory advice which is always welcomed.

Minister further said that development of ICT sector remained our focused area since beginning because it can bring immediate positive impact in people’s lives through improved socio economic development. Spectrum auction through a transparent and open process is a testimony.

Both GSMA and the industry have witnessed the inclusive and consultative approach adopted for concluding this important initiative. We are now ready for the next cycle of growth which obviously has to now focus on “Delivering the benefit of broadband to masses through innovative services”.

Establishment of 500 tele centers is in the offing and I would ask the industry to come forward and participate in the bidding processes of these tele centers, Minister added. Minister further added that steps are being taken to resolve industry issues on priority particularly improvement of business environment (Taxation etc.).

Minister shared with the delegation that after the inception of 3G/4G, our focus is on local smart phone manufacturing. We are preparing a policy package for incentivizing investment in local mobile manufacturing industry.

While discussing new telecom policy, Minister said that we have adopted fully participative and inclusive process. All stake holders have been consulted and this Process would remain accommodative till the last draft is concluded by end of this year. Final executive round of mutual consultation with telecom industry leaders would be held before issuance of the final policy draft.

The Minister shared that after new spectrum auction we are on the road of technological advancement with focus on the provision of e-services to the people i.e ,e agriculture, e-learning and e-health. Currently more than 1100 indigenous companies are registered with PSEB and we are inviting these telecom companies to come forward and concentrate on applications development and content development to help in building the eco system in our rapidly thriving telecom market.

The Minister said that accelerated digitization is our ultimate goal and asked for continuous support and help from GSMA and industry in making digital Pakistan a reality. Together we can take all the benefits of the broadband revolution to the people. We need more collaborative work between industry and Government to rollout services that benefit the people and increase utility of the 3G/4G for the masses.

GSMA delegation appreciated the determination of the government of Pakistan for initiation of dynamic measures to strengthen the ICT industry. They emphasized the evolution witness in Pakistan within short span of one year.

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