Internet Society Collaborates with PTA to Promote Digital Economy

The Internet Society, in collaboration with the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), will host INET Islamabad, 16-18 November 2015. More than 250 members representing government, Internet service providers, mobile operators, academia, financial institutions, ICT tycoons and the general public will participate. This platform will lay out Pakistan’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) agenda as a mode of accelerating the growth of the country’s digital economy and proceeding sustainable progress.

Internet Society Collaborates with PTA to Promote Digital Economy

INET Islamabad emphasizes on Pakistan’s Vision 2025, a set of strategy reforms which has acknowledged the role of ICTs in renovating the public sector, and in escalating and expediting the delivery of public facilities to its citizens.

“Pakistan has recently shown tremendous growth potential in broadband services, and the economy is starting to see the benefits of this growth. This interactive forum will acquaint the local community with Internet challenges and how to engage in addressing these concerns.”

Said Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority.

Pakistan has been progressing mainly in monetary inclusion through digital means. It launched its first devoted policy in May following the achievement of mobile banking programs like EasyPaisa. Pakistan currently joined the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance.

Rajnesh Singh, Regional Bureau Director for Asia-Pacific at the Internet Society, explained:

“Pakistan now stands at the cusp of breaking into a digital economy and needs to make informed choices in fostering an environment that can use the Internet and Internet-based technologies to help drive economic and social development. We hope that forums such as INET Islamabad will contribute to this progress.”

The two-day conference will include both international and national subject matter professionals with vast experience in ICT policy making and development both  globally and nationally.

Some of the main topics that will be debated are: infrastructure and connectivity for sustainable development; e-Gov architecture, standards, interoperability and implementation; building trust in cyberspace; growth of the ICT industry; and digital financial inclusion.

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