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President Asif Ali Zardari said that the government plans to provide a mobile phone to every beneficiary under the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) to take the fruits of telecom technology to the door step of the poor women. “Improved access to information and knowledge, education and delivery of public service through latest telecom facilities has greatly helped in promoting growth and eradicating poverty in the country,” the President said in a message on the occasion of World Telecom and Information Society (WTIS) Day. The WTIS Day is being observed on May 17 to mark the 145th anniversary of the establishment of International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The President said that the ITU has made great contributions to promote telecommunication worldwide through technical cooperation and assistance activities. It has served as a catalyst in international cooperation for improvement and rational use of telecommunication and to help developing countries in obtaining appropriate technologies to bridge the yawning information gap between poor and rich countries, the President said. He said that quick and timely access to relevant information holds the key to development and is critical for bridging the gap between rich and the poor. He said, denying or making it difficult to access latest telecom technologies amounts to depriving the people the right to end poverty. It is therefore of great importance that all countries are provided universal, affordable and equitable access to information communication technologies, the President said. The theme for the World Telecom Day this year is “Better city, better life with ICTs.” Realizing the importance of modern telecom for better life, the President said the Government has taken measures to further develop the telecom sector and also press it into service of the people. “On this occasion while we recount and reflect on our achievements in this sector,let us also remember that we cannot afford to be complacent. Let us therefore on this day reiterate our resolve to continue pursuing our developmental goals through the acquisition and use of latest international communication,” the President said.
By: Ary News