ISLAMABAD, Dec 26 (APP): Prime
Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Saturday called on Saturday for promoting
Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) education and adopting modern
ICT techniques to improve governance and efficiency of public sector
organizations.E-government, he said, would not only improve efficiency but also
cut down costs and contribute the austerity measures. He stressed the need for
leveraging strategic partnerships with Chinese Government for Improvements in
Public and Social Sectors through the use of advanced technology especially (ICTs).
The Prime Minister was talking
to a group of high level executives of Chinese telecom manufacturing company
Zhongxing Telecom corporations (ZTE), headed by Mr. Lou Ping Fan, President
Southeast Asia for the company. The meeting was also attended by Chinese
Ambassador to Pakistan.
Emphasising the strategic
importance which the current government attaches to the use and role of ICTs for
tangible improvements in all spheres of life, he called for focused approach
towards driving technology adoption.
The Prime Minister emphasised
the importance of ICT education in the fast growing IT and Telecom sectors and
issued instructions for fast-track initiatives, in general, and establishment of
IT and Telecom University in particular.
He particularly highlighted the
utility of video-conferencing systems to cut down on travel and administrative
expenses of government functionaries.
The Prime Minister appreciated
ZTE’s continued contributions in the ICT Sectors and assured them that the
existing strategic partnership will continue to receive maximum support from the
He also directed the relevant
Ministries and departments to take proactive measures for timely implementation
of the ICT projects so as to enable the Government to achieve the envisaged
objectives of good governance, improved emergency response and high quality
technical and ICT education.
The Prime Minister said that
Pakistan would provide full security to the Chinese working in Pakistan and
asked them to invest more in various fields and take benefit of the government’s
investment friendly policies.
Mr.Lou Ping Fan briefed the
Prime Minister that the Company is collaborating with the Government of Pakistan
(GoP)to setup integrated ICT infrastructure and applications for enhancing the
capabilities of administration and management through improved service delivery,
information availability and coherent accident and emergency response.
He further informed the Prime
Minister that the ZTE/GoP collaboration framework particularly includes setting
up of an IT and Telecom University in Islamabad to cater to the needs of quality
research and market-based education in the field of IT & Telecom.
Secretaries Ministries of
Information Technology and Finance were also present in the meeting.