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ICT emerges as economic catalyst, Says Minister

ICT emerges as economic catalyst
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May 17, 2024 (MLN): Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has revolutionized and uplifted the society and is acting as a key component for economic development, Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication Shaza Fatima Khawaja remarked on Thursday.

She was addressing the keynote session of Champions of Change Women Leadership Program held at Telenor Pakistan head office, said a press release issued.

Shaza Fatima noted that in this rapidly evolving digital landscape, the full and equal participation of women is not just desirable buy imperative.

Women make up half of the country's population, and their meaningful engagement in the digital economy is not only a matter of social justice but also a driver of economic growth and innovation, she noted.

The Minister said that women are playing pivotal role in shaping the digital future.

She said the Ministry of IT & Telecom is committed to implementing policies and initiatives that promote gender equality and women empowerment in digital sector.

She emphasized the need of collective action and collaboration of all stakeholders, including government, private sector, civil society, and academia, to create a truly inclusive digital ecosystem where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Earlier, Khurrum Ashfaque, the CEO of Telenor Pakistan, stressed the importance of digital inclusion and narrowing the gender gap.

"We remain dedicated to promoting women's leadership and assisting young female professionals in realizing their full potential. Prioritising inclusivity is crucial, especially in this digital age," he stated.

Khurrum further said that women play a vital role in shaping the future, and their unique skills and talents can ensure that future technologies and structures benefit everyone.

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Posted on: 2024-05-17T10:07:04+05:00