PARIS - Minister for Information Technology, Anusha Rahman has said that Pakistan has been marked as the leading investment destination of telecom & IT sector in South Asia.

She was talking to Minister for Education of Liberia George Kronnisanyon here. She arrived in Paris to attend Mobile Learning Conference under the auspices of UNESCO. The agenda of the conference is to work out the innovative ways of harnessing the potential of mobile learning for socio-economic development.

?During the meeting, the minster said that Pakistan’s free-lancers in the field of IT have been ranked No4 in the world. She informed Liberian minister that Pakistan is aggressively pursuing an accelerated digitalization programme to spur socio-economic growth. She said that our recently launched ICT for Girls Programme is aimed at passing on the benefits of ICT to this less privileged section of society. “Under this programme, girls from marginalised sections would be trained on coding and computing with the partnership of Microsoft to increase their employability potential,”she said. Besides, she added, the government, under Universal Service Fund, is spending billions of rupees to provide telecom and broadband facilities to un-served and under-served areas of the country. The minister informed that recently approved telecom policy has been appreciated by the industry as well as other stakeholders.

?George Kronnisanyon highly appreciated the endeavours of government of Pakistan towards socio-economic development through effective utilisation of ICT. He sought the expertise of Pakistan in the field of ICT. In this regard, Ministry of ICT has consented to provide all-out support in the fields of ICT and education to work out the modalities to sign an MoU between the two countries.

?Ambassador of Pakistan to France and permanent delegate to UNESCO Ghalib Iqbal and Member HR (Ministry of IT) Tahir Mushtaq were also present during the meeting.