While talking to a four-member delegation from U.K led by Mr. Amjad Bashir Chaudhry, the Minister of state for IT and Telecom Mrs. Anusha Rehman said that our broadband penetration is surpassing 26% which was merely less than 3% earlier and we have targeted to take it up to 50% by end of 2018.
In last three years, our IT export volume has touched 2.8 billion dollar but we have targeted to take it to 6 billion by 2020. We want to ensure ubiquitous development across the country by curtailing digital divide.
The Matters of mutual interest and promotion of bilateral relations as well as cooperation in IT and Telecom sectors were discussed in the meeting.
The Minister said that we are focusing on infrastructure development on priority basis especially in unserved/underserved areas in order to connect the unconnected. It’s our resolve to provide 3G connectivity to even all those villages which have population of hundred people and don’t have even fixed line facility hitherto.
Anusha Rehman said that we are focusing on Digital & Financial Inclusion; therefore, we are bringing an holistic policy framework to unleash the multibillion-dollar trade potential in the e-Commerce domain.
Member European Parliament Mr. Amjad Bashir Chaudhry said that Pakistan has shown an exemplary development in ICT’s in recent years and credit goes to the visionary leadership of the current government. Federal Secretary IT Mr. Rizwan Bashir Khan and Member Telecom Mr. Mudassar Hussain were also present in the meeting.