Benifits of Info Technalogy must reach unederserved: Anusha

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ISLAMABAD,Jan 31 (APP): Minister for Information Technology
and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman Tuesday said the government was
aggressively perusing to ensure requisite environment to promote
mobile apps to reach underserved across the country.
Addressing “Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2016” ceremony organized
by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) she said development of telecom sector was among top priorities and the sector has witnessed exponential growth in different areas.
Pakistan she said has emerged as one of the leading markets in
telecommunications with over 140 million mobile phone users
touching a 77% penetration rate out of the total population.
The minister also expressed satisfication on telecom policy terming
it a landmark achievement to provide a level-playing field that will further boost the sector’s growth.
“We are also working to provide communication services in
underserved areas and the key element of this approach is to make telecommunication services affordable and within the reach of the common man” she said. USF projects have also been launched at a cost of Rs 20 billion in this regard, she added.
She also appreciated Chairman PTA for providing an immensely beneficial
platform to young mobile application developers to promote innovation, advancements and accessibility in the technology.
Anusha said, Mobile application award would go a long way in
developing a strong relationship between the academia, industry and
the relevant government organizations and would turn out to be
exemplary for the rest of the sectors of our economy.
These mobile applications, she said would enable special
persons to live close to a normal people with the help of
mobile phones and would enable them to work and communicate
with other people for daily affairs.
While appreciating the winners of the competition, she
assured of the effective utilization of these applications by
the related organization.
Minister said,”We are in the process of establishing Technology
Parks in big cities, established a National Incubator Centre in
Islamabad and adopted provisions of digital services through mobile
apps in upcoming National IT Policy 2016-17 .
Anusha also highlighted steps and initiatives for
3G and 4G technologies, opening a whole new era of
innovative mobile services and apps in the country.
Pakistan’s IT industry has been booming over the last decade with
a 41% growth in I.T exports during 2014-15, it has a global ranking
in top 5 countries for freelancing.
The Government of Pakistan has provided a package of incentives to both
foreign and local investors for growth and development of the ICT industry. These incentives include 100% repatriation of profits allowed to foreign investors,100% ownership of equity allowed to investing foreign IT/ITeS
companies, Seven year tax holiday for venture capital funds,
accelerated depreciation of 25% for plant, machinery, and equipment.
Ministry of IT is implementing e-Governance system “e-Office Suite”
in the federal ministries/divisions for efficiency, effectiveness,
transparency and good governance and for the provision of less paper
environment. The said e-Governnce system is also accessible via
smart phones and tablets via intranet.