The delegation of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) led by Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General ITU called on Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar hereTuesday. Minister of State for IT Ms Anusha Rehman Khan was also present during the meeting.
The Finance Minister welcomed the guest and congratulated him on being elected as the Secretary General of ITU. The Minister also acknowledged the services of ITU as specialized agency of the United Nations for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to standardize and regulate international radio and telecommunications and ITU’s special services to Pakistan in managing disaster relief communications in the wake of natural disasters.
Mr. Houlin Zhao, the Secretary General of ITU, appreciated the efforts of the government in the development of IT sector in the country. He also said that it is the agenda of ITU to support and further increase the presence of small and medium size entrepreneurs in the IT sector for the development of the industry and attracting further investment in the sector particularly in application development. He suggested that Pakistan should develop strategies to become more involved in such projects which promote regional connectivity through the use of fiber optic cable.
The Finance Minister said that telecommunication industry has thrived in Pakistan during the last decade and has significantly contributed to the GDP of the country. He also said that “it is the vision of the government to make maximum efforts for the development of the IT sector and for technical inclusion of the population of Pakistan in the World of telecommunication services.” The Minister specially recognized the services of the Minister of State for IT Ms. Anusha Rehman Khan who has played a key role in the promotion of IT sector and related infrastructure in Pakistan.
The Minster assured the Secretary General of his full cooperation for the expansion of IT services not only in Pakistan but the whole region and reiterated that his visit has provided Pakistan an opportunity to strengthen its existing ties with ITU and opened new horizons of cooperation in ICTs.