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Telenor Pakistan partners on International Leadership Conference for Persons with Disabilities

ISLAMABAD, October 3, 2011: An International Leadership Conference for Persons with Disabilities began at a local hotel here today. Telenor Pakistan, as part of its Khuddar Pakistan program, is a major partner of the organizers and is helping to highlight issues affecting persons with disabilities.

The three-day conference has been organized by Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), an Islamabad-based self-help NGO, and is being attended by representatives from disabled persons organizations, local and international NGOs, corporate sector, government, and the media.

Some 150 leaders of organizations working on issues related to persons with disabilities from Pakistan as well as dignitaries from South Korea, India, UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Japan are attending.

At the inauguration ceremony, Chief Financial Officer Telenor Pakistan Karl Erik Broten in his remarks said: This year's Leadership Conference of Persons with Disabilities is the third such conference that Telenor Pakistan is a partner of. From the first year as a national conference, the event´s success elevated it to a Regional Leadership Conference level last year. This year's conference has acquired an international status and we are proud to be able to work with STEP and other partners once again and hope the conference will be able to meet its goals.

President STEP Muhammad Atif Sheikh in his opening comments said that he hoped the conference would prove instrumental in furthering the rights of persons with disabilities in Pakistan. The Islamabad Recommendations on Regional Networking and Collaboration in South Asia -- the outcome of last year's Leadership Conference -- led to the Government of Pakistan's ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The goal of this year´s conference is to provide recommendations to the government to help it create a formal strategy for implementation of the Convention.

Other conference partners at this year´s conference are: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sightsavers, British Council, Plan International, UNESCO, CBM/CHEF International/Light for the World, Concern Worldwide, US Embassy, Pakistan-US Alumni Network, and British Alumni Association Pakistan.

About Telenor Pakistan
Telenor Pakistan is a provider of high quality telecommunication services in Pakistan since 2005. It has over 27 million subscribers, 2,500 employees and a nationwide network covering more than 8,000 cities. It holds a majority share in Tameer Microfinance Bank Limited. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to operations in Asia.

About STEP (Special Talent Exchange Program)
Launched in 1997, STEP is a self-help organization which aims to promote empowerment, independence and inclusion of persons with disabilities across Pakistan. STEP is engaged in Leadership, ICT and Independent Living training of disabled persons. Over the last ten years, more than 1,000 disabled persons have been motivated and are now living a better life.

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