Outgoing Ambassador of Argentina, H.E. Rodolfo J Martin Saravia, made a farewell call on the Minister of State for Information Technology, Mrs. Anusha Rahman, here in Islamabad today. Member (Telecom) Mr. Mudassar Hussain was also present in the meeting.
Mr. Rodolfo J Martin Saravia appreciated the minister’s role and efforts to bring phenomenal development in IT & Telecom sector of Pakistan. He especially appreciated the Minister for her efforts to provide connectivity and telecom facilities to the people of rural areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan and for creating an enabling environment for marginalized segments of the society with regards to connectivity.
Mrs. Anusha Rehman extended her gratitude and felicitations to the Ambassador of Argentina on his completion of 12 years in Pakistan, appreciating his contributions in strengthening and further augmenting the bilateral ties between Argentina and Pakistan especially in the arena of IT & Telecom.
Mr. Rodolfo J Martin Saravia appreciated the business and investment friendly policies prevailing in Pakistan and also mentioned how the telecom sector has proven to be a big contributor to the economic development in the country.
Mrs. Anusha Rehman said that local manufacturing of mobile handsets was a major objective for the government. With Haier & G-Five starting local manufacturing of mobile handsets with many other companies taking a keen interest in investing in such endeavors. It’s our vision to transform Pakistan into a modern and developed state that’s why we are focusing on the vision of Digital Pakistan and “accelerated digitization”, the Minister added.
The Minister while sharing the uptake of 3G/ 4G services said that within short span of time the number of 3G subscribers had crossed 26 million and increasing everyday. Broadband penetration has also crossed 15% which was below 3% when the current government took over the responsibilities almost 3 years ago.
Anusha Rehman lauded the services and contributions made by the outgoing Ambassador of Argentina and wished him a successful life ahead.