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PR No. 96 Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Chaired the 61st Board of Director’s Meeting of USF Co Islamabad: May 15, 2018

Universal Service Fund Company (USF Co) 61st Board of Directors Meeting was convened on Tuesday 15th May, 2018 in the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, Islamabad. The Chairperson, Board of Directors, USF Co. and the Federal Minister for IT & Telecom; Mrs. Anusha Rahman Khan chaired the meeting. The Board reiterated that the enablement of Micro and Small Medium Enterprises through E-commerce presents a unique opportunity for livelihoods for thousands of producers and entrepreneurs across Pakistan. Many MSMEs cannot access e-commerce due to lack of awareness and non availability of a right platform. Engaging in support for MSMEs through e-commerce is an opportunity to empower the e-commerce ecosystem of Pakistan particularly focused on carpet, furniture, leather, apparel, and jewellery manufacturers. The Board approved the ecommerce project to enhance domestically and internatiinally these products made in Pakistan. The Board also approved the award of OFC FATA Package contract to M/s Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited in respect of Optic Fiber FATA Package-1.The package will aim at laying of 653kms of Optic Fiber Cable and necessary Equipments to connect 24 Tehsils and Small Towns and serve a population of approx. 1 Million. The overall performance and consistent hard work put in by USF Co. was appreciated by the Federal Minister and the Board Members.The board extended special gratitude to the Minister for her passion, vision vibrant leadership and maximum support to achieve all the targets during last 5years and the sector has witnessed exponential growth during this period. Board members including the Secretary IT; Aamir Ashraf Khawaja, Acting Chairman PTA; Muhammad Naveed; Member Telecom; Mr. Mudassar Hussain, CEO Jazz; Mr. Aamir Ibrahim President and CEO PTCL; Mr. Daniel Ritz and the senior Management of USF Co also attended the meeting. ***** ?

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