Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication – Ms. Anusha Rahman is attending the MWC 2017 (Mobile World Congress), she was invited by GSMA to participate in Annual GSMA Ministerial Program 2017 to express views on emerging technologies which changing the shape of the global community.
The Ministerial Programme is an integral part of the Annual MWC, which provides a unique forum for CEOs, ministers, regulators and policymakers from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the ever evolving mobile sector.
The minister speaking as keynote speaker on “Championing the Digital Agenda” said the transformation to “Digital Pakistan” is on top on her priority list and Minister emphasis on “Bridging Broadband Divide” to enable socio-economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Minister also stated that large scale societal adoption and use of digital devices and technologies is a key driver to measurably economic and social and cultural value and it helped in increasing productivity and rise in employment rates and improving security.
The Minister for IT & Telecom also participated in GSMA and the World Bank Roundtable discussion on “Building Sustainable Digital Identity Ecosystems for the Future” as well as the special session hosted by the World economic Forum in continuation of the Digital Economy dialogue from Davos meeting.
While expressing her viewpoint on the responsibility of public and private sector in unlocking the value of digital transformation to society, the Minister expressed that we are in the midst of a change presumably as big as the industrial revolution when it brought us steam power and electricity. Digital communications affect all industries, the public sector, and society as a whole.
While responding to a question during an interview session with the GSMA, the minister pointed out that the large-scale societal adoption and use of digital technologies is a key driver of measurable economic, social and cultural value, including increased productivity, a rise in employment rates, improved security and greater capacity to tackle social and environmental issues.
She highlighted that Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication is going all out for expanding for both IT & Telecom sectors in tandem. Consequently, the Information Technology sector is progressing in multiplicative mode and has exports of over USD 2.5 billion.
Through the enabling policies and auction spectrum for next generation mobile services, the Broadband penetration has jumped from a mere 3% in 2014 to some 27%. The IT and Telecom sectors are expanding and generating new jobs as businesses utilize modern ICT technologies such as e-commerce, e-banking, e-health, e-education, and business related to IT applications.
The Minister held meetings with global teams of the industry leaders from global Groups like Telenor of Norway, Etisalat of U.A.E, and Vimplecom.
Anusha Rahman also met with GSMA head of Asia Region, Mr. Alasdair Grant – The Minister highlighted the need to bring mobile sector’s technical expertise and practical market experience on the table in the spirit of constructive dialogue and the desire to spread best practices in policy and regulation around the world.