February 15th, 2019

Former Pakistani Minister Anusha Rahman Khan appointed regional advisor to the CTO for the East and South Asia Region

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has appointed Pakistani citizen Anusha Rahman Khan, as the regional advisor to the secretary-general and the CTO for the East and South Asia region. She served as the Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication in Pakistan and an Advocate of High Court, and professional with previous association with the ICT sector.

The appointment was announced by the acting secretary-general of the CTO, Gisa Fuatai Purcell. “Anusha Rahman has contributed to the CTO’s work in various ways over the years, most recently as a chair and speaker for the Commonwealth Spectrum Management Froum where she discussed issues on the challenges of national spectrum planning – from 2G to 5G”.

Anusha has over 25 years of experience in the ICT sector, over a period of five years as IT & Telecom Minister, she initiated a number of policy measures, legislation, projects and programs that have transformed Pakistani ICT markets and landscape to the next level of development. She has emerged as a very prominent figure globally when it comes to the development agenda of the ICT sector. Under her leadership, Pakistan was elected as a member of the ITU Council in 2014 and re-elected again in 2018 in recognition of the work done in the last five years. She was the recipient of the “Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award” by GSMA in 2015.

It is a pleasure for me to engage as a Regional Advisor to the Secretary-General  of the CTO to promote the common vision, understanding and mutually beneficial best practices to maximize the socio-economic impact of technology for the betterment of the Commonwealth community, particularly the youth, girls and women in the region and beyond. It would be an earnest endeavour to utilize all faculties and experiences from professional and political domains to maximize the value that the CTO platform can create through constructive and coherent use of technology in cross functional domains,” said Ms Khan.

The CTO’s activities throughout the Commonwealth cross national and regional boundaries and requires the organisation to stay abreast of the regional priorities of its members.