Staff Reporter Islamabad
Federal Minister for Information Technology, Syed Aminul Haq on Wednesday said the ministry of Information Technology and Telecom was fully committed to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in Pakistan.
He appreciated the efforts of the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) terming that revolutionary changes in the field of telecommunication in Pakistan were now being recognized all over the world.
Addressing the certificate distribution ceremony of GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion winner, he said reforms in the telecommunication sector in Pakistan and the facilities provided to mobile operators have paved the way for investment in mobile networking.
The organizers of the competition announced awards for three startups out of 597 start-ups applications received from 44 cities of the country for a total grant of approximately Rs. 146 million, said a news release.
The winner startups included Vceela, Knowledge Platform, and Orenda Pakistan. The minister shared that for the first time in the tenure of the incumbent government, the preparation of the Right of Way Policy to its approval and implementation was made which could not be done in the last 24 years.
Syed Amin Ul Haque added that steps were also being taken to provide 3G and 4G services across the country.
He said the corona pandemic has changed the economic and social map of the world and now the priorities have changed in many areas but information technology and telecommunication was a sector whose formula has not changed and its use and the trend has increased tremendously.
He said today is the age of information technology and our youth would have to harmonize with modern trends.
The IT Minister said it was a matter of pride for us that not only national but also international organizations were acknowledging the projects of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom .
The World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked Pakistan among the best countries in terms of the affordability of ICT services.
Pakistan is ranked 4th in the Global Freelance industry, providing excellent technical resources in various technology fields.
“ITU has announced Pakistan’s National Incubation Centers ‘Ignite’ as one of the champion of projects of its environment category at World Summit on the Information Society Prizes 2021”, he added.
Secretary IT Dr. Sohail Rajput, Member International Coordination Ajmal Awan, senior officials from MoITT and GSMA were also present on the occasion.