Information Ministry celebrates World Telecom. & information Society (WTIS) Day

Information Ministry celebrates World Telecom. & information Society (WTIS) Day in Islamabad:
Islamabad (May 19, 2011) – To commemorate World Telecom and Information Society (WTIS) Day 2011, Ministry of Information Technology in collaboration with Telecom Industry and Universal Service Fund held a grand event here, which was attended by prominent personalities from all sections of life, including parliamentarians, government officials, representatives of public sector along with industry and academia.
The WTIS theme for this year is ‘Better life in rural communities with ICTs”, therefore USF played a major role in the celebrations, creating public awareness about the theme. The Chief Guest at the event, Federal Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Federal Secretary Information Technology, Saeed Ahmad Khan, in their respective speeches emphasised the need for ICTs to achieve desired level of prosperity by focusing more on the rural areas of the country.
Earlier a video message from Secretary General International Telecom Union (ITU) was played in which the Secretary General conveyed that ICTs provide enhanced opportunities to generate income and combat poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy. He also added that ICTs and related applications are key instruments in improving governance and rural services.
On the World Telecom day 2011, USF also launched a documentary, which sheds light on the enormous benefits being brought through its Programmes for rural communities. The documentary mainly comprised of interviews of people in rural and sub-urban areas that were so far unserved but who are now utilising ICT services being provided through USF.
(Published in daily Business Recorder on May 20, 2011)

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