Islamabad, April 29, 2014 (PPI-OT): H.E Mr. Sun Viendong, Chinese Ambassador called on Minister of State for IT Mrs. Anusha Rahman at her office in Islamabad this afternoon. The Chinese Ambassador congratulated the Minister on the successful next generation (3G/4G) spectrum auction which was conducted in an efficient and transparent manner.
While talking to the Chinese Ambassador the Minister shared that she had the honor to write the IT chapter of the PML (N) Manifesto and also got the opportunity to execute it as Minister. She said that a condition was inserted in the IM (Memorandum of Information) that 4G spectrum would be only offered to those operators who will win 10 MHz of 3G spectrum and Chine Mobile succeeded to get 3G and 4G both.
Now Government has one block of 4G spectrum available to be auctioned in the near future. The Minister further said that after 3G/4G auction, there is a need to work on building an eco system. China Mobile has agreed to establish research and innovation center for content development and focus on human resource development, training and transfer of technology.
An important component of building ecosystem is local manufacturing of mobile phones. We invite Chinese companies to come and participate in this venture so that we can locally manufacture smart phones to cater the fast growing market demand in the wake of 3G/4G technology.
It is possible to enter into a public private partnership and utilise TIP (Telephone Industry of Pakistan) unit established on 100 acres, which can be used for manufacturing Mobile phones. The Government is also willing to consider tax concessions to these foreign investors in local manufacturing.
Chinese Ambassador, H.E Mr. Sun Viendong, appreciated the investment friendly policies of the present government of PML (N). He further expressed that the people of China always cherish and feel the warmth of this decade old friendship bond which we share with the government and the people of Pakistan and it further augmented during recent past.
The Ambassador appreciated the developmental projects of the Ministry of IT and ensured the Minister that he would engage with potential Chinese companies to invest in telecom sector of Pakistan, particularly in local manufacturing of mobile phones and applications development.
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