A delegation of Microsoft USA met Pakistan’s junior minister for Information Technology to explore areas of cooperation as the South Asian country endeavors to expand internet access to remote under-developed areas.
Frank McCosker, General Manager Affordable Access and Sidney Roberts, Head of the Microsoft’s Technology and Research exchanged ideas with Minister Anusha Rahman and showed interest to partner with Pakistan through their technology centric CSR initiatives that include helping global youth through provision of computer science education.
Rahman shared with Microsoft officials the government’s efforts to provide affordable connectivity to people through Universal Service Fund (USF), which is a system of telecommunications subsidies managed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission intended to promote universal access to telecommunication services.
“Establishing tele centers at remote places of Pakistan is the corner stone of this plan where the unserved people would have a one point access of basic citizen services through broadband connectivity,” the Minister said
The Microsoft delegation showed their keen interest to partner with Pakistan through their Citizen Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, and providing training through sharing their technology models which have contributed to economic progress in many countries, a government statement said.
Microsoft offered to work with Pakistan’s government on its “ICT for Girls” program. This recently initiated project of Government is being launched to teach coding and programming skills to young poor women.