PR No. 227 Islamabad: April 25, 2017

Ms. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication left for Geneva, Switzerland to attend the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) e-Commerce Week 2017, from 24th – 28th April, 2017, says a Press Release received from Geneva here today.

The Secretary General of the UNCTAD has invited Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication to participate in the Mini-Ministerial Meeting, High-Level Event and as keynote speaker in the session titled “Assessing the e-Trade Readiness of LDCs”, being held on 25th and 26th April, 2017.

The E-Commerce Week is the premier event for the governments, international organizations, the private sector and the civil society to discuss e-commerce for development. The event is being held under the theme “Towards Inclusive E-Commerce”, and will include high-level debates on E-Commerce, the Digital Economy and Development.

Speaking as a Panelist in a session on “Cybersecurity and Cybercrime: New Tools for Better Cyber Protection”, the Minister stated that Pakistan has followed the policy of free flow of information and open access to the internet and will continue support and assistance to initiatives aimed at achieving country’s shared goal of socio-economic development through safe and secure use of cyberspace. The Governments are to develop appropriate Cyber Governance Policies, in order to create a secure cyber ecosystem, generate adequate trust & confidence in ICT systems and transactions in cyberspace and thereby enhance adoption of ICTs in all sectors of the economy.

While chairing the Session on “Inclusive Development and E-Commerce: Case of China’, the minister highlighted that transformation to “Digital Pakistan” is on the priority agenda of the Government with special emphasis on ‘Bridging Broadband Divide’ to enable socio-economic development to spur economic growth. ICT/Telecommunication infrastructure and commercial communication services necessary for e-Commerce in Pakistan are well developed, due to the progressive and future looking Policies of Ministry of IT & Telecommunication. Financial Inclusion Strategy of Pakistan has set target for providing financial services access to 50% of the adult population by 2020.

The Minister of State is also expected to attend other important sessions, events and will be holding bilateral meetings with heads of leading technology companies and other dignitaries during the e-Commerce Week.