More initiatives needed to promote ICTs: Naveed

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Naveed Siraj, Country Manager Intel, has said that IT has never been the governments priority as it is evident that policies have not been made for ICT progress and development in the country.

“The government always focuses on the telecommunication part of the industry and lesser attention is given to IT sector, which is the reason that the ICT infrastructure has not been built up in the country sufficiently,” said the Nokia official while speaking to the media at an annual briefing held here in Islamabad.

“I found a broadband policy of the country that was formulated in 2004. The IT policy was drafted and revised many times in the past years but its final version has yet to be approved by the government,” Siraj said.

He also said that the government should now focus on IT and approve its much-awaited policy which has been waiting for its approval from the policy-makers.

Siraj pointed out that the country failed to continue with the ICT infrastructure development projects under the schemes of Universal Service Fund (USF), which aimed to develop IT infrastructure in the rural areas to promote literacy.

The government should now focus on IT and approve its much-awaited policy which has been waiting for its approval from the policy-makers: Naveed SirajHe also said the government policy should be in line with the strengthening private sector in the IT industry, which could have attracted a lot of investment in the country.


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Published in: Volume 05 Issue 48

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