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In order to assess the current and future requirements of critical telecommunication infrastructure and services, Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) organized a workshop on ‘Regulatory Framework for Disaster Management using ICTs’ in collaboration with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at PTA Headquarters.
Dr. Tamer Demir, ITU expert, BCM. Global, Turkey shared international best practices and standards on disaster management, emergency telecommunications and business continuity management. Representatives from MoIT, national and provincial disaster management authorities, PTCL, mobile operators and PTA attended this workshop.
The Ministry of IT &T has undertaken an initiative to develop “Regulatory Framework for Disaster Management using ICTs” as part of a comprehensive National Disaster Telecommunications Plan. For the purpose, ITU, a United Nations Body, is providing technical assistance to Pakistan for preparation of an Emergency Communication Regulatory Framework. Pakistan has been prone to natural disasters like floods, earthquakes and other calamities that result into loss of life and property.
The workshop has facilitated interaction of the ITU experts with the stakeholders of disaster management in Pakistan. The workshop also provided a platform for the stakeholders to share their views, ideas and ground realities of disaster management in Pakistan.