ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) is all set to launch the first draft of Telecommunications Policy. The Minister of State for IT chaired a meeting the other day, in which international consultant hired for “Reviewing and integrating current Telecommunications Policies” briefed the meeting about his key findings and policy suggestions about various aspects of telecommunication sector. The meeting was also attended by senior officials from the MoIT, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Frequency Allocation Board (FAB). The minister expressed that policy be forward looking and focus should be made on promoting latest trends and services. She emphasized that the policy should enable and encourage local manufacturing, content and application development.During the meeting, expected provisions of the new policy regarding interconnection, VoIP, Licensing Framework, Broadband services and Public Wi-Fi etc. were extensively discussed. All public sector stakeholders were given full chance to comment and present their views. The minister said that the policy will be aimed to achieve universally available and affordable telecom services to all users to benefit the economy and society. A drafting group comprising of MoIT, PTA and FAB has been constituted to finalize the first draft before opening it for consultation. It is expected that the first draft of policy will be launched in the third week of July 2014 for review and comments of stakeholders. Formal workshops are planned with stakeholders in August 2014 to finalize the draft. The process of requisite formal approvals from the government will thereafter take place.