Prime Minister forms committee to monitor 3G auction
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Monday constituted a five-member oversight committee to monitor the 3G Auction. The committee will comprise representatives of the media, civil society, National Accountability Bureau, a technical expert and an economist.
He announced this decision at a meeting of the 3G Auction Supervisory Committee, which he chaired at the Prime Minister’s House. He said that the government’s aim was to government’s aim is to introduce the latest technology in the country. “The 3G Auction is being planned in a manner that will ensure a healthy competition while adding revenue to the national exchequer,” he added. He said that people of repute, standing and impeccable integrity would be associated with the oversight committee to ensure transparency and due process at every cost. “I stand guarantee as PM that not a penny will be embezzled,” he affirmed. He said 3G Auctions will boost economy, encourage foreign investment and promote economic activity in the country.
A presentation was made by international consultant Dr Rob Nicholis, spectrum valuation expert Dennis Ward, auction design expert, Marton Semis, auction software expert, through video conferencing from Canada, Australia and England. This was the first time that video conferencing facility was utilised during a meeting at the PM’s House. It is expected that 20,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created with the introduction of 3G in the Telecom sector.
Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, minister for finance, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, minister for water & power, Nadeem-ul Haq, deputy chairman, Planning Commission and senior government officials attended the meeting.