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United States Hosts Information Communications Technology Seminar

Islamabad: U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland commended Pakistan for the deregulation of its Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector today during a conference hosted by the U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Section. Organized jointly by the U.S. Embassy and the Pakistani Ministry of Information Technology, the conference brought together Pakistani entrepreneurs, policy officials, and experts together with representatives of U.S.

ICT companies to discuss ways to expand the sector and increase cooperation between U.S. and Pakistani companies and entrepreneurs. Ambassador Hoagland was joined at the conference by Pakistani Secretary of IT and Telecom Farooq Ahmed Awan.

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland stated, “ICT is critical to every country’s economic health. It empowers and connects people. It spurs innovation and business, and generates economic growth.

The United States continues to offer a wide range of potential private-sector ICT partners and solutions to Pakistan’s skilled work force of more than 100,000 ICT professionals and more than 1,500 ICT companies. We applaud the work of premier ICT firms such as Microsoft, HP, IBM, Dell, Apple, Intel, Motorola, NCR, Teradata, and Oracle, which are already here in Pakistan, working in this critical field.”

Ambassador Hoagland urged continued economic reforms, including greater protection for intellectual property rights, to create an environment more conducive to increasing foreign trade and investment to Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
E-mail: webmasterisb@state.gov

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