LAHORE - Revolutionary advances in Information Technology are reinforcing economic and social changes therefore the days are not very far when Pakistan would be among the digitized nations of the world.

This was the upshot of the speeches delivered at Digital Punjab Conference organised by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in connection with Lahore Shopping Festival and in active collaboration with Government of Punjab, Telenor Pakistan and Pharma Health (Pvt) Limited here at Expo Centre on Saturday.

Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr Furrakh Javaid, LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Telenor Muhammad Aslam Hayat Khan, Chief Marketing Officer Irfan Wahab Khan, LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad, former Presidents Iftikhar Ali Malik, Shahid Hassan Sheikh and CEO Google Pakistan Badr Khushnood also spoke at the function which was part of LCCI Job Fair 2013, a combo of three events including Digital Punjab Conference, Career Counseling Conference and a Job Fair by more than 35 companies representing diverse sectors.

A large number of LCCI Executive Committee Members including Khawaja Shahzeb Akram, Mian zahid Javed Ahmad, Chaudhry Iftikhar Bashir and Nasir Hameed were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Provincial Minister Dr Furrakh Javaid said that all citizens should have access to, and be able to reap the benefits of mobile technology and the internet. This will not only boost socio-economic development, but will also transform the quality of lives and the Punjab government was making all out efforts to promote Information Technology.

He lauded some of Telenor Pakistan’s pioneering initiatives for establishing an eco-system for mobile financial services in Pakistan aimed at providing financial inclusion to unbanked population; ‘Agriculture Commodity Trade’ enabling farmers to use the platform.

The LCCI President said that the goal of national development and prosperity cannot be achieved without information technology and better services can be ensured through the use of information technology. He said that economy, health and education sectors can be further improved with the help of information technology.

Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Aslam Hayat Khan, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Chief Marketing Officer Telenor Pakistan Irfan Wahab Khan, congratulated LCCI for organizing the conference and lauded the various initiatives of Punjab Government to further strengthen the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) framework in the province. They said, “Telenor Pakistan aims to play a pivotal role in government’s efforts to promote e-inclusivity for all to foster socio-economic transformation of Pakistan. It has always been at the forefront for bringing people into the communication loop and boosting the social economy with accessible and much needed services. The next spurt of telecom growth worldwide is expected from data rather than voice and in this regard we have been actively promoting safe and responsible use of mobile internet.