Friday, July 23, 2004

Buy computers through your Phone Bills?

the PakTribune reports: "Federal Minister for Information Technology Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari Thursday constituted a committee comprising officials of the ministry and Intel Corporation to prepare recommendations for the promotion of computer literacy in the country.
He took the step following a meeting with Mr John Davies, vice president & general manager solutions group at Intel Corporation, who met the minister to discuss ways 'to best use technologies to transform business processes and increase the competitiveness of the country'.
Kamil Hasan, country manager of Intel Corporation Pakistan, Federal IT Secretary Khalid Saeed, Pakistan Software Export Board MD Dr Amir Matin and other officials of the ministry were also present in the meeting.
The minister directed the committee to submit its recommendations to him within a week to roll out a scheme for provision of computers at affordable rates to the people. Under the scheme, country's telecom provider PTCL will provide a facility, which will enable any of its subscribers to buy a computer and repay the installment through monthly phone bills.
The minister told the delegation the scheme will initially be launched for government servants and employees of affiliated corporations and at a subsequent stage university and college students would also be incorporated. 'We believe this single step will dramatically increase the penetration of PC ownership within the country besides generating tremendous growth in the computer literacy.
He said PTCL would also provide Internet connectivity to users of this scheme to access Internet at affordable rates.
Earlier John Davies shared with the minister the experiences of Intel in promoting widespread compute literacy and PC ownership in 18 countries around the globe. He said various models had been adopted in"

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