Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Aminul Haque, revealed the ministry’s ambitious plan to bring Apple to Pakistan. Speaking to reporters regarding the mobile manufacturing policy, the minister highlighted that Pakistan has already seen the establishment of assembly plants by industry giants Samsung and Nokia. Now, the ministry’s next target is to entice Apple to invest in Pakistan.
Haque disclosed that the IT Ministry has taken proactive steps in this direction by instructing the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to engage consultants. Their role is to provide recommendations and collaborate closely with all stakeholders to conduct an extensive market study on 5G technology. The caretaker government can issue policy directives to facilitate this study.
During his briefing, Haque shared that IT exports witnessed growth in May-June 2023, in contrast to declining exports in other ministries during the same period. He also mentioned that the ministry has initiated 83 projects under the Universal Services Fund, with a strict deadline for their completion set for December 31.
Emphasizing a hands-off approach by the government, Haque conveyed his stance on not investing government funds in the IT sector but rather facilitating and protecting it from potential hurdles imposed by the Federal Board of Revenue and the State Bank of Pakistan.
The minister urged the government to collaborate with the telecom sector to enhance its infrastructure, ultimately delivering higher-quality services to the public. He assured that every possible measure is being taken to address industry-related issues effectively.
Responding to questions regarding social media regulations, the federal minister informed that regulations are in the works and are being developed in consultation with stakeholders. The finalization of these regulations is expected soon. Additionally, Haque mentioned that the matter of amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) falls under the purview of the Information Ministry in accordance with relevant protocols.