Govt. committed to provide connectivity to remote rural areas

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecom Anusha Rahman said government is committed to provide next generation broadband connectivity to even remote rural areas of the country through broadband for sustainable development program.

She expressed these view during a meeting with three member delegation comprising of Jan Bolz (IT investor from Germany),Dr.Bernhard kaleem (an Austrian ICT investor and Rabeel Warraich ,CEO Sarmayacar called on Minister of State for IT & Telecom Anusha Rahman here on Tuesday.

The delegates apprised the Minister regarding their respective company’s profile and expressed their keen interest to further invest in Pakistan’s rapidly growing ICT sector.

Anusha Rahman shared with the delegates, the initiatives that her government is pursuing for “Accelerated Digitalization” with special emphasis on bridging broadband divide to spur socio economic growth across the country.

She said that recent accelerated development in the arena of ICTs has made Pakistan, very lucrative destination for IT investors.

She said many local and Foreign investors are approaching the government to join on common ICT Agenda in a public private mode because the government believed that future of the world is Information and Communications Technology (ICTs)

Minister also shared some key initiatives including ICT for Girls with the delegates.

She said that the government had initiated an ICT for girls program to increase the employability potential of marginalized young girls.

“Now thousands of girls are being trained in coding and computing through @microsoft. Likewise 226 public sector girls schools of Islamabad Capital Territory are being digitized on fast pace” she said.

Anusha Rahman further said that training of young entrepreneurs and ICT graduates start up always remained a policy focus.

She said, that the government has established a state of the art “National ICT incubation Centre” in a public private partnership mode in the capital and four more in provincial capitals are in the offing.

The delegates appreciated the vision of the government and Minister for IT and hailed all the initiatives being carried out by the Minister of IT & Telecom for development of ICTs in the region and expressed their keenness to contribute In the development of ICTs through investment.