Improve internet in rural areas: president Alvi

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – May 12, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi asked the information technology and telecommunication (IT-T) ministry, Monday, to improve accessibility of internet facility in the rural areas as well as to build innovative IT based solutions and skills so as to meet the economic and technological challenges.

According to an official statement, president Alvi stated this while chairing the second meeting of the committee on emerging technologies, in the federal capital.

Highlighting the significance of information and communication technologies (ICT), the president said that the sector had enormous potential to play vital role in improving economy, commerce, exports, education, health, governance, construction industry, agriculture and other important sectors of the country.

He stated that the ICTs play a significant role during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) crises as these technologies accelerate the digitalisation of many businesses and services, including online working and video conferencing systems, in and out of the work place, access to healthcare, education and other essential goods and services.

The president emphasised the need for reinvigorating this vital sector by engaging foreign-based Pakistani IT experts to play their role in the technological development of the country.

In order to improve internet coverage in rural areas, the president directed IT-T ministry to initiate measures to enhance the coverage of internet facility in rural areas so as the students could have uninterrupted access to online education.

The meeting was attended by the IT-T minister Syed Amin-ul-Haque, IT-T secretary Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, special assistant to the prime minister (SAPM) on digital Pakistan Tania Aidrus, and representatives of provincial governments, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), and other IT experts through video conference.