PTA to Organize Three Days INET Conference in Islamabad

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is organizing three days INET conference in collaboration with Internet Society -Asia Pacific (ISOC-APAC) at Islamabad from 16th to 18th November, 2015.

The theme for this conference would be “Towards Digital Economy in Pakistan: Building ICT Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Renowned speakers from Asia Pacific region including speakers from International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and national experts would deliberate on opportunities and issues in internet developments and challenges in digital world.

INET Islamabad is expected to bring together participants from the Government agencies, fixed and mobile telecom operators, internet service providers, academic institutions, banks, ICT entrepreneurs, commercial companies and the general public.

The event will host deliberations on a selection of topics most relevant to Pakistan in the context of its journey towards a digital economy and building an ICT agenda for sustainable development.

“Pakistan has recently shown tremendous growth potential in broadband services, and the economy is starting to see the benefits of this growth. This interactive forum will acquaint the local community with Internet challenges and how to engage in addressing these concerns,” said Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority.

Pakistan has been making headway particularly in financial inclusion through digital means, launching its first dedicated strategy in May following the success of mobile banking programs. It also recently joined the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance.

Rajnesh Singh, Regional Bureau Director for Asia-Pacific at the Internet Society, explained: “Pakistan now stands at the cusp of breaking into a digital economy and needs to make informed choices in fostering an environment that can use the Internet and Internet-based technologies to help drive economic and social development. We hope that forums such as INET Islamabad will contribute to this progress.”

To view the complete list of sessions, speakers and panelists, please follow this link. You may also view the live webcast for all the sessions online.