GSMA Signs Digital Development Agreement with Pakistan

November 2020: To help foster and accelerate digital nation opportunities, the GSMA has signed three memorandum of understanding agreements. This includes Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporate (MDEC), and the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA).

The agreements were announced at Thrive Asia Pacific, a three day virtual experience where Asia Pacific’s digital business leaders and policymakers are meeting online this week, 3 – 5 November 2020.

“Collaboration between digital industry and policymakers is key to the advancement of digital societies in Asia Pacific. And now it’s essential, as Asia Pacific nations build resilient economies for post-pandemic recovery,” said the GSMA’s Head of Asia Pacific, Julian Gorman.

“Our recent agreements with Malaysia, Pakistan and the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association show how we are helping Asia Pacific countries drive their digital transformation.”

MOU with MoITT (Pakistan)

The GSMA has also signed an MOU with MoITT that focuses on mobile broadband as the foundation for an inclusive “Digital Pakistan”:

  • For every citizen of Pakistan to enjoy an independent and sustainable lifestyle
  • Implementation of legal and policy modernisation to advance digital transformation.

The Federal Minister, IT & Telecommunication, H.E. Syed Amin Ul Haque, said, “The MOU signing between GSMA & MoITT is a great endorsement of the Digital Pakistan vision and we look forward to working with GSMA on further strengthening our relationship and showcasing Pakistan on the regional and global platform as a Digital Leader.”

In news shared yesterday, new research from GSMA Intelligence shows a whole-of-government approach practiced by Asia Pacific countries is advancing their progress to fully fledged digital societies. The GSMA Digital Societies Report: Asia Pacific 2020 is available to download here. To find out more about Thrive Asia Pacific and register, please visit the website: click here.

Source: GSMA