Yesterday (Wednesday, November 24), Federal Minister for Information Technology (IT) Syed Aminul Haque said while addressing a ceremony in Islamabad that the social media platform TikTok is ready to open its offices in Islamabad after successful completion of negotiations and has hinted that another major social media platform is also ready to come to the country. Although the exact details of the talks or the estimated date of the event have not been disclosed, it is believed that most of the arrangements have been made and TikTok will soon open an office in Islamabad.
It was only clear that TikTok will be actively coming to Pakistan as its popularity and growth in Pakistan is skyrocketing and soon they will need to keep everything as close as possible. Pointing to the government’s desire for social media companies to open their offices in the country, he said talks with TikTok have been successful and the platform may soon open offices in Islamabad.
The government of Pakistan tried to exercise direct control over the work of TikTok in Pakistan, but obviously it did not happen. TikTok has also been banned several times by the government due to TikTok’s opposition. By opening an office in Islamabad to handle Pakistan operations and staffed locally, TikTok will have a better connection with the government and the problems may finally come to an end.
Syed Amil Ul Haq hinted that another major social media platform, which is part of the collective social networks operating in Pakistan, has expressed willingness to open offices in Pakistan. The minister did not give any hints about what kind of social network it is.
Senator Afnan Ullah announced on Wednesday that a Google team will visit Islamabad in December to start operations in the country. The senator also noted that if this happens, 15 thousand citizens of Pakistan will receive scholarships. A Google delegation will visit the country on December 11, he added.
The senator also said that all necessary documents were approved by the Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) last week. To help Pakistanis acquire the knowledge and digital skills they need to succeed in today’s economy, Google launched career certifications in early September.
Google promised 15,000 scholarships by the end of the year through local partners IRM and Ignite, consisting of academic institutions, industry partners and non-profit organizations as part of their mission to unlock Pakistan’s digital potential.
He further said that the South Korean government has provided a loan of one billion dollars at an interest rate of 0.1 percent to Pakistan’s information technology industry.
“There are many different aspects of information technology that Pakistan can focus on to become an information technology giant in the region very soon.”
The senator said he is working to revolutionize the country’s information technology industry in collaboration with the government and on his own initiative. “I have a degree in information technology and I want to use it for the benefit of the country,” you say. “I want to use it for the good of the country.”
Haque also talked about the production of locally manufactured smartphones and how it will have a positive impact on the development of technology in Pakistan. Syed said the government is keen to increase production so that imports of smartphones can be reduced.
“In 12 years, 17.9 million mobile phones were produced here”
He said that in the last four years, about Rs 65 billion has been spent to connect unserved and underserved areas across the country to the digital world.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Major General Ameer Azim Bajwa said JSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) customers can buy smartphones on installments. He said 55% of people worldwide use mobile internet, while in Pakistan this ratio was 57%.
“GSM reported that 50% of people use smartphones in Bangladesh,” he said.
He also added that since 2018 alone, around six million broadband subscribers have been added in Pakistan and the number of broadband subscribers has increased from 5 million to 10 million.
This was stated by the minister DIRBS PTA system has proven to be a game changer as this system blocks phones with stolen or duplicate IMEIs and provides a level playing field for mobile device manufacturers.