GSMA & MoITT jointly held workshop on Taxation & Digital inclusion

A joint workshop was held by GSM Association & Ministry of IT & Telecom on the topic of Taxation & Digital Inclusion here on Wednesday.
The workshop focused on how positive tax reforms can accelerate digital inclusion & economic growth.
The ceremony was inaugurated by Secretary Ministry of IT & Telecommunication, Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui in the presence of Mr. Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA, senior representatives from Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industries & Production, Federal Board of Revenue, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, KP Revenue Authority & the Telecom Industry.
Speaking at the event, the Secretary  Ministry of IT & Telecom emphasized upon the importance of connectivity more specifically during pandemics. He said the Government of Pakistan and the mobile industry are in agreement that digital connectivity and skills are essential to enhance inclusion, encourage innovation and unlock economic growth for Pakistan. The mobile industry is aligned with the Government objectives set in Digital Pakistan Vision. The industry has invested in providing mobile network infrastructure in Pakistan and this investment has resulted in the industry making a significant contribution to the economy, Enhanced mobile broadband services and employment.

Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA said “ COVID19 has highlighted the need to accelerate the transformation to the Digital Pakistan vision. Creating a digital nation is a complex matter and tax reform and simplification is a proven step to advancing digital infrastructure investment and growth of mobile broadband penetration.” He further added that “The convening of the “Road to Accelerated Digital Economy – Taxation & Digital Inclusion” workshop in partnership with MOITT and participation of government leaders and industry to tackle the challenge are a beacon to the region that Pakistan is marching towards becoming a digital leader. The GSMA looks forward to supporting the debate motivating action and decisions that provide real impact and benefit for the people of Pakistan.”