3G auction process will be completed this year: New PTA Chairman Farooq Awan
Islamabad (Daily Business Recorder / Saturday, August 4, 2012) – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is optimistic that 3G auction process would be completed in the current year to generate Rs 79 billion estimated in the budget for the current fiscal year 2012-13.
In an exclusive talk with Business Recorder, newly appointed PTA Chairman Farooq Ahmad Awan said the process of hiring a consultant had been re-initiated and Expression of Interest (EoI)/Request for Proposals (RfPs) for hiring consultant would be invited soon. We are also modifying paper work to ensure transparency in the whole process, Awan added.
He further said EoI/RfPs would be invited through advertisement in national as well as international media. Application process would be completed within 30 days after which scrutiny would take 15 days. The whole process of hiring consultant for 3G auction would be completed within 45 days, Chairman added.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf recently directed the Ministry of Information and Technology and PTA to immediately advertise for the post of consultant to accelerate the process of auction of 3G licenses.
The government had estimated Rs75 billion on account of 3G auction in the budget for last fiscal year, however hiring of local consultant by the Auction Supervisory Committee (ASC) raised serious issues of transparency; this, in turn, mounted pressure on the government to delay the auction and hire an international consultant to ensure transparency in sale of 3G license.
In its last meeting, ASC decided to form an Inter-Ministerial Group comprising IT Ministry, Law Ministry, Ministry of Finance and PTA to evaluate the process of hiring a consultant to ensure transparency in the process. The committee also directed that the process should be re-initiated with the objective of maximizing revenue, efficiency and competitiveness in the best national interest. The committee further directed the IT Ministry and PTA to seek EoI within a week, however even after a passage of two weeks the concerned authorities have yet to start the process.