Pakistan offers IT expertise to LDCs
KARACHI: Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari on Saturday offered to provide expertise and training to several countries in the formulation of policy and regulatory framework. He invited middle management telecom professional teams from less and under-developed countries of Asia, Africa and Pacific regions to visit Pakistan to participate in the policy and regulatory trainings to be conducted by experts of the Ministry of Information Technology and the telecom watchdog – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. The minister was speaking in separate meetings with his counterparts from Afghanistan, Rwanda, Surinam, Botswana, Syria, Sudan, Brazil, Senegal, Kuwait, Germany, Costa Rica, Chile, Bosnia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Morocco, and Cuba on the sidelines of ITU Plenipotentiary Conference currently underway in the Turkish city of Antalya, according to reports reaching here. The purpose of the back-to-back meetings with delegations of over 20 countries was to seek ways to further promote bilateral cooperation and muster up support for Pakistan’s candidature for election to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) council and the Radio Regulation Board.
PTA chairman was also present during the meetings held with many of the over 1,500 delegates from over 150 countries taking part in the conference. Later, Pakistan also arranged a reception for ministers and senior delegates attending the conference.
A record number of about 25 ministers belonging to various regions of the world along with scores of senior delegates attended the reception and greatly applauded Pakistan’s efforts for the promotion and development of ICT sector. The minister and Pakistan Ambassador to Turkey, Iftikhar Hussain Shah addressed the gathering and solicited support from delegates for its election to the membership of International Telecommunication Union Council as well as Radio Regulation Board, the latter being contested by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Shahzada Alam Malik.
Source: The News