The policy was drafted by P@SHA with concentrated efforts of one and half year for consultation and formulation for the draft of policy. The stakeholders could give their feedback till July 20, 2012.
The Draft National ICT Policy – 2012 document was presented on 4th July, 2012 in Islamabad by PASHA to officials of MoITT for their comments and later it was made public for feedback of stakeholders.
In the preparation of this Draft Policy Document, a number of stakeholders have been involved: the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), members of civil society, the technology industry in general, the telecommunication community, the services sector, academia, media and socio-political activists as well as various government entities.
This National IT Policy document contains actionable milestones and fundable projects, reflecting the point of views of primary stakeholders and the technology industry.
The Policy document focuses on driving primary pillars and principles based on the interventions required in each sector affected by technology in Pakistan.
In the Policy, the focus will be on tapping into economic opportunities within Pakistan through IT as an enabler to drive the local economy.
It envisages a country that will be globally competitive with a modern Information Technology (IT) Enabled Economy and a knowledge-based Information Society where strong, efficient and sustainable improvements in society, economy, culture, human resources, infrastructure, legislation, regional integration and good governance are achieved through a robust IT infrastructure and effective IT applications.
The Policy has been envisioned to improve the quality of life of citizens to the highest attainable levels by ensuring availability of accessible, universal, affordable, modern and high quality IT facilities and services within the country.
Moreover, it aims to accelerate digital literacy and integration in Pakistan, built on facilitating access, awareness, security, trust and fostering research and innovation.
The implementation of the policy is dependent on the National IT Action Plan, which will set out the different programs and projects to be initiated to realize the vision of Government.
The Policy document will be reviewed annually to assess the impact of the document at that stage as well as the effectiveness of the recommended intervention programs.
The comments/views on the Draft National ICT Policy – 2012 can be sent vial e-mail at ( email@example.com) by July 20, 2012.