Chairman PTA (Major General (R) Amir Azeem Bajwa HI (M) Message on World Telecommunication & Information Society Day 17 May, 2020
World Telecommunication & Information Society (WTIS) Day is being celebrated on May 17 and theme for this year – “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” holds special significance for the world and Pakistan.
Regarding this year’s World Telecom Day theme, I feel happy to mention that PTA is doing its utmost efforts alongside other stakeholders in supporting SDGs by bridging the digital divide and bringing economic & social benefits of the mobile and internet to rural communities. PTA is helping the country to pursue its goal of uplifting vulnerable segments of the society through modern day Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs). Pakistan’s telecom sector has become a role model for other sectors in reshaping the economic destiny of the people. The sector will continue to play an important role in the current decade towards attainment of SDGs.
The significance of ICT networks has never been as pronounced and vital to our safety, well-being and for stimulating economic growth as during the COVID-19 crisis. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been successfully playing its role supplementing Government of Pakistan’s efforts by effectively leveraging digital technologies for public awareness, checking the spread of Covid-19 through Trace, Track and Quarantine (TTQ), facilitating funds disbursement to needy through Ehsas Program, and arranging public donations in Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund through SMSs.
PTA is committed to continue its efforts to maintain support for consumers & businesses, and to ensure that networks remain resilient and quality telecommunication services are available to all, especially in these times. We are fully committed to make the best use of ICTs for a sustainable future and to create a stronger, united and connected Pakistan and global community.