PTI government to launch digital transformation initiative

PTI government to launch digital transformation initiative

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) plans to launch the Digital Transformation Initiative Programme for digital infrastructure, citizen services and other e-government services to boost Information Technology (IT) sector and significantly enhance its precious foreign exchange contribution to the national kitty.

The party intends to provide maximum facility to people through digitalization of various departments in order to increase transparency, saving people’s time and energy. The PTI, in its manifesto has given priority to the IT and telecom sector in view of its importance to national economy, also plans to establish a Centralized Knowledge Economy Authority (CKEA) with an objective to making Information Technology (IT) the top contributor to exports and job creation.

The Authority, having statutory powers for procurement, policies and regulations, will be headed by a CIO who would ensure that a connected and shared eco-system is developed aligned to central strategy in partnership with industry that can provide basis for digitalization not currently possible due to isolated and fragmented approach.

The CIO will also provide expert leadership and will be from private sector. This is to ensure that the authority works with a more agile mindset compared to existing government bureaucracy.

The Party has introduced its official Digital Policy under a Vision to transform Pakistan into a knowledge economy. A Digital Policy document has revealed that strategic guidance will be provided by a committee chaired by Prime Minister, comprising Cabinet Members and Members from the industry.

A centrally led hybrid governance model is proposed where provinces will also appoint CIOs who will be responsible to align provincial digital policies and programmes with national programme.

A Council comprising CIOs from Federal and Provincial Governments will be established on sidelines of Council of Common Interests (CCI) and will meet quarterly to review progress and resolve conflicts/issues. The document said PTI would leverage technology to create jobs, increase exports and curb corruption. The party has set an ambitious target of increasing Pakistan’s IT exports to US $10 billion over the next 5 years.

It has been further proposed that to boost the IT industry of the country, the Party would focus on National Digital Transformation Initiative and e-Government and plans to initiate projects worth US $ 2 billion.

The projects will focus on reducing corruption, providing services to citizens and creating and enhancing capacity of the industry. A public-private partnership model will be employed to execute government projects. E-government is going to be a core focus of the PTI and the model will be used to increase transparency. An open government data policy will be in effect to allow citizens to audit the government’s performance.

As with any project that aims to increase digitalization, focus will be placed on data privacy. In addition, projects and policies will be launched to increase Pakistan’s cyber security capacity. - APP