An inaugural telepresence meeting was held between State Minister for Information Technology (IT) Anusha Rahman and Cisco international team. Global Telecom Policy Cisco Vice President Dr Robert Pepper, Government and Regulatory Affairs Vice President Pastora Velero, Cisco Country Head Naveed Qazi and IT Ministry Member HR Tahir Mushtaq were present at the meeting. Many areas of collaboration were reconnoitered during the meeting.
Cisco Keen to Accelerate Digitization in Pakistan: Anusha
Anusha Rahman said,
“We believe that to achieve our vision of Digital Pakistan, public private partnership is the way forward. That’s why we are engaging the key stakeholders in the equation. Cisco being a big tech company is also keen to accelerate the pace of digitisation for socio-economic development of Pakistan.”
She further stated:
“Pakistan is steering towards an enabling eco-system where the technology giants of the world are looking at Pakistan as a potential hub of technology and innovation due to its highly talented and cost effective human resource capital.”
She also said that,
“In this journey, we have placed a central focus on gender equality. Numerous programmes for the uplift of women are in process. That includes ICTs for girls programme where thousands of girls from marginalised sections of society are to be trained to enhance their employability potential with the collaboration of Microsoft. We have allocated 30% quota in our ICT internship programme and National Incubation programme to mainstream our girls in national progress.”
The Cisco team indicated their profound interest to collaborate with Pakistan with the help of their technology centric CSR initiatives for training the human capital of Pakistan. They have shared their various technology models operating at different parts of the world which resulted into the economic progress of the countries. It was decided during the meeting that Cisco will offer their technical skill to Pakistan refining its ICT indicators. Alongside, they also decide to work out ICT capacity building program for students.