State Minister for Information Technology Ishaq Khakwani has invited Japanese companies to invest in key telecommunication areas, including broadband and telemedicine, which offered a tremendous scope for growth in the country.
He said this while talking to a six members delegation of the Marubeni Corporation of Japan, which met him to discuss the possibilities of joint ventures in the field of broadband and telemedicine. IT Secretary Farrakh Qayyum was also present. He said the government was utilising all available resources to ensure penetration of broadband services in the far and breath of the country while efforts were also on to introduce telemedicine in areas with inadequate health services. Khakwani told the delegation his ministry was willing to facilitate and finance any business activity aimed at promoting broadband services in the country. He said a multi-billion Universal Service Fund had also been set up in the ministry to provide financial incentives for efforts to take telecom services, including broadband, to the far flung areas of the country. He said the government had already put in place a business friendly environment and the promulgation of broadband policy about two years ago had already accelerated the process of growth in the broadband sector, with bandwidth rates going down and the hunger for better broadband service rising by the day.