As part of NITPAA’s continues efforts to promote and facilitate collaboration and cooperation in the ICT sector of Afghanistan, NITPAA President Mr. Ahmad Waleed Khaliqi and BoT members Mr. Said Zazai, Mr. Javid Hamdard and Mr. Qudratullah HIwadpal had a detailed introductory meeting with H.E. Ahmad Shah Sadat, the acting McIT Minister.
During this one hour long friendly and productive meeting NITPAA representatives briefed the MCIT Minister about NITPAA’s history, structure, mission of statement, past activities, achievements and future plans; the brief was welcomed and endorsed by the Minister and he thanked NITPAA representatives for NITPAA’s activities and contributions to the ICT sector of Afghanistan and encouraged NITPAA to continue their valuable efforts for the promotion and development of the ICT sector of Afghanistan especially in partnership with other similar entities including MCIT.
H.E Ahmad Shah Sadat then informed NITPAA representatives about the Ministry’s plans and agenda about a series of, soon to be implemented, fundamental reforms and developments in the ICT sector of Afghanistan including the follow-up and implementation of the ‘Open Access Policy’, the initiating of the 4G licensing for the improvement of data services in the country, the follow-up and implementation of a national Internet Exchange Point (IXP) and more.
Considering the meeting very productive and informative, the MCIT Minister suggested that similar coordination meetings should happen on regular monthly basis between NITPAA representatives and MCIT leadership to further coordination and collaboration between the two entities. Furthermore, the Minister agreed to a suggestion by the NITPAA representatives that NITPAA should further facilitate coordination between MCIT and other relevant entities including the private sector and academia; the Minister also agreed for NITPAA to arrange and facilitate ICT related gatherings and Q&A sessions which will be attended by senior MCIT leadership including the Minister himself.
Additionally, when briefed about NITPAA’s upcoming SIG event, the Minister warmly welcomed the initiative as a valuable and important event for the sector and promised that MCIT will not only technically support the event but suggested that NITPAA should coordinate the details of the event with MCIT particularly ATRA also for possible financial support and sponsorship of the event by MCIT.