ISLAMABAD, Jul 18 (APP): Secretary General of the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN
specialized agency for Information and Communication
Technologies (ICTs), Houlin Zhao called on Special Assistant
to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq
Fatemi here on Monday.
The SAPM recalled his most cordial and fruitful meeting
with Mr. Houlin Zhao on May 18, 2016 during his visit to
Geneva to attend Conference on Disarmament, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
Commending the important role of ITU on standardization
and regulation of international telecommunications, the SAPM highlighted the steps taken by the Government to harness the immense potential of the ICTs in spurring socio-economic development in the country and achieving a knowledge-based society.
He added that the robust institutional and regulatory
framework of the Government has promoted the ICTs as one of the most vibrant sectors of the economy, attracting large-scale foreign investment.
Acknowledging the active role being played by Pakistan
in support of the organization, the ITU Secretary General
expressed his strong desire to further strengthen these
He also appreciated the Government’s vision to provide
universal, affordable and quality telecommunication services
through open, competitive and well-managed markets.
It may be recalled that Pakistan is a member of the ITU
since 1947, and presently serves on the ITU Council, the apex body of the organization, for the term 2015-18.