Pakistan is a country with a population of over 215 million. According to the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD 2017), as of 2017, there are 9 million blind person or has severe to moderate visual impairment in Pakistan. This does not include the 12.64 million of Pakistan population that lives with Presbyopia, a condition that causes gradual loss of your eyes' ability to focus on nearby objects. According to the World Health Organization, 5% of every country's population has some sort of hearing impairment which equates to approximately 10 million people with hearing impairment in Pakistan.

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) aims to support PWDs by establishing a Accessible Cybercafe for All and introduce digital skill programs to bridge the digital divide. Digital skills can enable a person who is deaf, blind and with visual impairment to use ICT meaningfully and support their education, business, and employment opportunities.

ITU with support of Ministry of Telecommunications and ICT, Pakistan, is Launching the Accessible Cybercafe for all-Digital Literacy Training Program, to mainstream ICT accessibility and digital skills for PwD and create a "Cybercafé for all". 

Event 2: Accessible Cybercafe for All

(ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities)

9:00 hrs






09:15 hrs 





09:35 hrs


09:45 hrs

Start of the event


  • Recitation of versus from The Holly Quran 


Welcome Remarks Representative from ITU  


Opening Remarks by Mr. Ajmal Anwar Awan, Member (IC) MoITT


Remarks from:

  • CEO Jazz, Mr. Aamir Ibrahim
  • CEO Ignite, Mr. Asim Hussain Shahryar
  • Member IT, MOITT, Mr. Syed Junaid Imam


Key Note from the Chief Guest

Member National Assembly, H.E Mrs. Kishwar Zehra



Group Photo

09:50 hrs















10:30 hrs












Session 1: Empowering Persons with Disabilities:

                  Introduction to Digital Accessibility


Session Moderator:

 Mr. Jahanzeb Rahim, Director General Wireless, MOITT Pakistan



  • Ms. Aiko Akiyama, Social Affairs Officer, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
  • Ms. Iqra Noor, Mobilink Microfinance Bank Limited
  • Mr. Muhammad Atif Sheikh, President, Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP)
  • Syed Zomma Mohiuddin, President & CEO of Telecom Foundation


Session 2: Accessible ICTs for all: Meet the Program Partners  


Session Moderator: Mr. Waqas Director ITU/United Nations, MOITT



  • Mr. Omar Malik, Member Telecom, MOITT
  • Mr. Baber Ali, General Manager, Virtual University, Pakistan
  • Dr. Zain Ul-Abdin - General Manager - Ignite, Pakistan
  • Mr. Mudassar Hussain, Vice President, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Jazz Pakistan
  • Mr. Shahid Memon, Pakistan Disabled Foundation
  • Representative from the ITU
  • Mr Gagandeep Singh Manchanda, Market Engagement Manager M4D, GSMA


Each panelist will have 5 minutes max.

11:15 hrs

Concluding Remarks by the Representative of MoITT

11:20 hrs

Coffee Break