Telenor Pakistan CEO Michael Foley and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director John Groarke signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today in Islamabad to initiate a strategic alliance between both the entities.
This partnership is poised to accelerate socioeconomic development by leveraging Telenor Pakistan’s digital services and USAID’s development expertise.
Telenor Pakistan and USAID will support initiatives in m-Health, m-Education, m-Governance, and Agriculture. Telenor Pakistan’s network and portfolio (information-based, financial services, and connectivity) in each sector will enhance USAID’s development initiatives in Pakistan such as helping farmers gain better access to key information, improving reading skills for children, and supporting maternal and child health.
“The MOU gives us a unique opportunity to carry on our mission of using the power of digital communications for the country’s empowerment. Through this partnership, we will be able to come up with more innovative mobile solutions in energy, health, education, governance and agriculture sectors by using our technological infrastructure, powered by imperative content integration from USAID,” said Michael Foley, CEO, Telenor Pakistan.
At the signing ceremony, Mission Director Groarke said, “USAID considers public-private partnerships as an important next step in its development endeavors – and a logical progression in the expansion and improvement in economic and social services for the citizens of Pakistan. Keeping in view the long-term sustainability and continuity, USAID intends on developing more such partnerships across its Pakistan portfolio.”
USAID senior officials attended the event and expressed their willingness to work together in engaging masses at scale while improving livelihoods and information access. Telenor Pakistan’s top management executives hosted the event and highlighted their commitment to accelerate technology adoption throughout Pakistan.