Minister of State for Information Technology & Telecom Ms Anusha Appreciates the Efforts of Telenor in Realizing Digital Pakistan while addressing the Telenor Pakistan report launch ceremony on Tuesday and also said that the government was committed to connecting the unconnected.
The minister of IT ms. Anusha Rehman said:
“We appreciate the efforts of Telenor Pakistan in realizing the digital competence of Pakistan and staying committed to developing a digital innovation ecosystem in the country. The comprehensive report launched by Telenor Pakistan today reflects how the country is proceeding when it comes to use of digital technology in all walks of life, and the immense potential it has to secure a better future for its people.”
Ms Anusha Appreciates the Efforts of Telenor in Realizing Digital Pakistan
The government has made great progress in development of information technology and now the road for digitization of Pakistan is clear after introduction of the telecom policy,
Telenor Group with the collaboration of TechPolis has prepared the report titled “Realizing Digital Pakistan” which provides a roadmap for digitalization of Pakistan in the next five years.
Tore Johnson, senior vice president of Telenor Group and chairman of Telenor Pakistan, said:
“Pakistan has an immense potential of piloting a sustainable digital turnaround. As shown in the report, this is achieved by embracing innovative digital solutions in areas such as education, health and governance. With the ambition of delivering Internet for All, Telenor Group strives to be a long-term partner in realizing the Digital Pakistan, together with the government, the private sector, academia and civil society.”
According to the report Pakistan can attain digital connectivity similar to Malaysia in five years or less. Five pillars namely e-services, e-governance, e-commerce, strong Digital Innovation Ecosystem, and broadband connectivity for all, have been identified to secure a better future for the people of Pakistan.
Dr Ismail Shah, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), said:
“It gives me great satisfaction to see the country is now embracing digital technology as a powerful tool that is not just a means of communication, but a life-changing catalyst. Along with other cellular operators, Telenor Pakistan has played an important role in making digital technology accessible to the people of Pakistan.”
Mr. Michael P Foley, CEO of Telenor Pakistan, said:
“Pakistan has a plethora of digital opportunities and we, at Telenor, envision a future where those opportunities can be utilized to enable widespread digitalization. With the launch of this report, we are putting countrywide digital access at the centre and attaching utmost priority to offering cutting-edge technological solutions to facilitate digital connectivity. Going forward, Telenor Pakistan aims to play a pivotal role in government’s efforts to promote e-inclusivity for all to foster socio-economic transformation of Pakistan.”
Introducing the report, Ricardo Tavares, CEO of TechPolis, said:
“Pakistan can leverage the expansion of broadband access to reform public services and the economy and unleash a new era of job creation, quality-of-life improvement and economic growth. The country can utilize its ample repertoire of technological talent and innovative solutions to revolutionize public services in the domains of education, healthcare, and agricultural assistance. This report presents a comprehensive view on how Pakistan can truly usher in an era of innovation and progress that can improve the lives of ordinary people. We are immensely pleased to have collaborated with Telenor Group on this report.”