ICT being given priority: minister

Published: December 2, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications Anusha Rahman said Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector was being given priority to expand knowledge based economy and spur growth.

At the inaugural ceremony of TDM to IP Migration Project of National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC), she shared that government’s vision is to become a strategic enabler by making full use of ICTs for an accelerated digitisation eco-system.

The project is aimed at replacing NTC’s old technology exchanges with state-of-the art IP based next generation network to provide better quality services to its designated subscribers. The minister said remote areas in the country are being linked through optic fibre cables (OFC) to ensure telephonic and broadband connectivity and Universal Service Fund (USF) has approved different projects.

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Rahman said that approval has been granted for the establishment of a “tech-city” to promote IT and telecom in Pakistan that will give space to young entrepreneurs for establishing start-ups.

With regard to e-governance, she said it is being adopted as a tool to achieve goals of transparency and to deliver cost-effective public services to citizens. She said e-government Intranet has been completely established by the Ministry of Information Technology with the purpose of the e-filing module to promote less paper and digital government.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Salman Siddiqui
    Dec 3, 2015 - 9:33PM

    Mrs Minister please how can you have entrepreneurship if your government proposes so many minimum taxes. Every start up even those with best future prospects will have losses for the first few years and with these minimum taxes it will only be amplified.
    Minimum taxes
    1. Turnover tax – 2% to 8% of revenue even if no profit.
    2. Alternative corporate tax – 17% of accounting profit. So if you have high depreciation like it is the case of IT assets, you still have to pay a minimum tax.
    3. Also minimum tax is not adjustable to future earnings.

    Anybody who wants to do a startup should follow the example of Ishaq Dar Finance Ministers sons and incorporate in Dubai where there is no income tax, no minimum tax – and then do business in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ehs
    Dec 3, 2015 - 10:33PM

    Only talk and talk. No action or change on the ground yet. We will believe your words when we see it.Recommend

  • ali
    Dec 4, 2015 - 8:14PM

    All nonsense. First provide infrastructure, good education, electricity and most of all good governance. No country has ever progressed without these basic element. Another concrete building with infrastructure..Recommend

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