World Bank Mission calls on Minister of State for Information Technology

Islamabad, September 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): The World Bank ICT Mission called on the Minister of State for IT, Anusha Rehman here today. The Mission was represented by Ms. Tenzin Dolma Norbhu, Team Leader and Regional ICT Coordinator. Secretary IT, Mr. Ikhlaq Ahmed Tarar was also present in the meeting which discussed possible collaboration on ICT projects.

The Minister explained to the mission the efforts that have been undertaken by the new government as well as its vision for the ICT sector for the next 5 years. The Mission was keen in sharing its view point on what they considered as their key objectives while working with the Government of Pakistan.

The main purpose of the mission was to exchange views on recent developments in the ICT sector with the help of the World Bank, and the progress of the telecommunications and ICT sector policy reforms and development under the Institutional Development Fund (IDF) grant.

The IDF grant agreement and it implementation is in progress within the Government of Pakistan for the development of the ICT sector through innovative and action-oriented capacity-building activities.

The Mission also discussed the proposal for the Technology Development Projects that shall be initiated through the establishment and set up of holistic Technology Parks and Center of Excellence for developing open source software and associated activities. This would be under taken as part of the latest strategic mechanisms to provide incentives and benefits to the ICT stakeholders in the country.

The meeting ended on a positive note after clarifications on the progress that has been achieved thus far and the collaborative targets that must be accomplished as agreed on by the mission and the Government. The World Bank team shall continue to hold talks in the upcoming days with relevant Ministry officials regarding different ICT themed matters which are also under the focus of the mission, and proceed with completion of formalities to achieve targets within shortest timelines.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326

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