December 04, 2018: Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated that the government was committed to transparency and facilitating investors, during a meeting with the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Telenor Group Mr Sigve Brekke, who called on him at the PM Office on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister appreciated Telenor Group’s contribution in the telecom sector and said that government aims to develop a knowledge-based economy in Pakistan and values Telenor as an important partner in developing the ecosystem that supports the government’s development agenda.
Sigve Brekke termed Telenor’s experience of investment in Pakistan terming as “very satisfactory”, and thanked the Government of Pakistan for its continued support for the telecom sector and for encouraging foreign direct investments into the country.
He said that Telenor Group has been operating in Pakistan since 2005 and has made a significant impact on the socioeconomic uplift of the country.
The Group has invested over USD 3.5 billion and created over 5,000 direct jobs, in addition to hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs.
Sigve Brekke informed the Prime Minister that future plans of Telenor include scaling up of financial services, connecting farmers to the digital world and extending its services in healthcare and digital entrepreneurship.
Through these initiatives, employing ICT (Information and Communications Technology) solutions, Telenor aimed at serving the people of Pakistan even better with all the learning they have gathered during past thirteen years, he added.
Brekke also highlighted Telenor’s commitment towards financial inclusion and informed the Prime Minister of incoming investment of USD 140 million as a result of the recently announced partnership with Ant Financial.