Minister of State for Information Technology, Mrs Anusha Rahman on Wednesday said that the current government has offered special services to help in manufacturing of smartphones in Pakistan.
Ms. Heather Cruden Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan called on Minister of State for Information Technology, Mrs Anusha Rahman and talked about different matters of mutual interest giving special importance to enhance bilateral relations among the two countries.
Mrs Anusha Offers Incentives to Promote Local Manufacturing of Smartphones
While talking about the local manufacturing, the minister said:
“Our government has offered special incentives to promote local manufacturing of smart phones. Haier Group of companies has recently got a NOC to establish the first smart mobile phones assembling plant. Canadian telecom manufacturing companies can also invest in our rapidly growing sector and could get benefit from these special incentives.”
Canadian companies were invited by the minister to look at the software development sector of Pakistan. Exports of IT software are around $2 billion.
“It is our utmost desire to create an eco-system for ICT in Pakistan so that we could materialise our dream of accelerated digitisation.”
The minister briefed the Canadian Envoy about the ongoing projects of the Ministry. She said that with the help of Universal Service Fund (USF) more than 4000 km optic fiber has been laid in Balochistan while rural telephony projects have also been started to provide telecommunication connectivity in far away areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Balochistan.
Canadian High Commissioner liked the steps taken by Pakistan government and appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of IT and telecom for the betterment of the IT sector. Both sides decided to improve the mutual cooperation in the field of IT and telecom in near future.
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