Open Forum on the Review of IT & Telecom Policies

The Ministry of IT held a broad based consultative meeting to review the IT and Telecom policies of the Government of Pakistan.

Various stakeholders, including representatives of the industry, academia, NGOs and government attended the review. The day long review was held in two parts. The morning session focused on issues related to IT and the policy interventions that could be made to address those.

The evening session focused on the Telecom sector policies i.e. Fixed line, Mobile Cellular and Broadband policies. The session was attended by a large number of experts from telecom industry. The main theme of the session was to solicit input of the telecom industry for the next policy cycle.

Secretary IT, Naguibullah Malik in a statement said “since the IT policy was defined in the year 2000 and the Telecom policies were framed in 2003, there is a dire need to review and update these policies so as to realign our vision and goals to capitalize on new opportunities and cope with upcoming challenges”. He emphasized that National policies should not be formulated in isolation but rather with the input of all the stakeholders.

Secretary IT apprised that today, there are new challenges in telecom Policy and Regulatory world that can slow down digital progress. Top of mind are issues surrounding security and privacy, spectrum availability & harmonization, convergence of technologies and growth of useful content and regulation thereof.

He pledged that Ministry of Information Technology is determined to address all these issues in next policy cycle through consultative process. Member Telecom presented the synopsis of all existing and futuristic policy matters.  The participants discussed all concerning topics at length. Such review meetings are also planned to be held in Karachi and Lahore in the forthcoming weeks. At the conclusion of these meetings, draft policy documents would be developed and placed on the web for further review and feedback by the public at large.

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