Govt views ICTs as key to achieve SDGs


ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday said the Government of Pakistan considered information communication technologies (ICTs) as key enabler to enhance productivity, transparency, and good governance for empowering the people to attaining the objectives set under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ICT, he said, had become one of the most dynamic sectors in Pakistan and a major contributor to economy.

The President was talking to Chairman and founder of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) Dr Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, said a press release.

He appreciated the initiatives of TAG-Org for enhancing the role of ICTs in creating new opportunities for social interaction, enabling new business models, and contributing to economic growth and development in all other sectors.

He acknowledged the substantial contributions and achievements of Dr Abu Ghazaleh in diverse areas, including his role in promoting information and communication technologies for achieving sustainable development.

The President appreciated the efforts of Dr Abu Ghazaleh to take Pakistan-Jordan relations to higher levels through enhancing collaboration in the field of ICT.

He said Pakistan was keen to benefit from expertise of TAG-Org and hoped that the organization would invest more in the ICT sector in the country.

The President emphasized that the Muslim Ummah should use its platform to forge greater cooperation and joint ventures in the sector of ICT and science & technology.

He expressed the Pakistan Government’s commitment to TAG-Org for joint ventures and strategies for development and deployment of digital services in Pakistani markets and assured the visiting dignitary of the government’s support to TAG-Org for mutual collaboration programmes, both with the organization and with the Jordanian Government.

Dr Talal Abu-Ghazaleh explained the role and utility of services of his organization in the field of ICT and expressed his desire to further expand cooperation with Pakistan in this regard.

He said Pakistan should play a greater and leadership role in the Muslim world in the ICT sector.