On Wednesday, a five-member delegation, headed by Ambassador of Sweden Tomas Rosander, called on Minister of State for IT & Telecom Anusha Rahman here in Islamabad.
Swedish Delegation Calls on Anusha Rehman to Enhance IT & Telecom Sector of Pakistan
Federal Secretary IT Rizwan Bashir Khan and Member Legal Aamena Sohail were also there during the meeting. Many matters of mutual concern and elevation of consensual collaboration in the arena of IT & telecom were deliberated in the meeting. Minister acquainted the ambassador concerning key initiatives being taken by the Ministry of IT for pervasive sectoral progress.
Anusha Rehman also indicated that we have put down a telecommunication highway and are constantly working to broaden it all over the country.
Minister apprised the delegation that there was a prodigious rise in the number of users after 3G/4G in the country and broadband perception which was below 3% has crossed 18% within no time.
The delegation shared their country’s experiences with the minister concerning mobile banking, conducive facilitating environment and financial inclusions and stated their longing to boost collaboration with Pakistan in this regard.
Anusha Rahman informed the representatives that we have given a complete telecom policy document in 2015 which addresses all the defies pertaining to telecom sector involving financial and social inclusion. We trust that for right implementation of financial inclusion it’s necessary to focus on “accessibility and affordability” elements simultaneously.
The minister also told the delegates that financial inclusion is a portion of our priority agenda and a committee consisting of all patrons i.e. State Bank, Ministry of Commerce has already been established under the chairmanship of the Finance Minister and functioning on the issue of financial inclusion. She requested the Ericson Company’s legislatures to bring their tenders to our ICT R&D Fund so that we could further discover the regions of mutual cooperation and alliance.
While escalating the forward looking steps being taken by the Government of Pakistan and Ministry of IT for the progress of IT & Telecom sector, the Swedish Ambassador guaranteed their paramount collaboration for increasing consensual commitment in IT & Telecom spheres, between both the countries.