Ata going abroad to seek support for Information Technology (IT) projects
ISLAMABAD- The Federal Minister for Science and Technology Prof. Dr. Ataur-Rahman will leave on a fifteen-day visit to Riyadh, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and the United States of America to hold meetings with private Information Technology (IT) companies World Bank officials, Us’ Senators and businessmen to establish business linkages and get the necessary support for the projects launched by the Ministry.
Dr. Ataur Rehman will preside over a meeting of Comstech committee during his two-day stay at Riyadh. Meetings would also be held to chalk out programmes regarding more cooperation through the exchange of experts, software development plans for
Middle Eastern countries and joint cooperation in the IT sector among the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) member states.
The minister will hold meetings with the Pak-US business forum in USA and will attend the presentations to be made by them. He is scheduled to meet US senators to apprise them of the initiatives taken by Pakistan for the promotion of the IT and telecom sectors.
In his meetings with the World Bank officials, he will discuss the assistance for a Virtual University Plan with the Bank and get its advice for the deregulation of telecom sector after 2002.
Meeting will also be held with Osman Shinishin at the National Science Foundation regarding cooperation in key fields of technologies, the Ministry disclosed.
In San Francisco, the minister will hold intensified discussions with the Overseas IT Advisory Board and Pakistan’s IT ambassador based here to find out ways and means to develop more linkages with US-based IT companies and explore ways and means to get more business from abroad.
At the end the minister will visit universities, research and development institutes and private IT companies and would hold discussions for creating business linkages with Ireland, the largest exporter of software, sources concluded.
Source: Business Recorder