Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday (Dec 5) has launched much awaited and dream project of Digital Pakistan. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad.
This Project is a part of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s digitization program, which aims to use the latest technologies for public welfare. The issue of cybersecurity will also be dealt with under this initiative. Under this program, the government and private sector will work in collaboration to towards a digitally progressive and inclusive Pakistan.
On the other hand, the government has also hired a senior ex-Google employee, Tania Aidrus, to head the digitization campaign. Tania Aidrus has resigned from her previous position as Director, Product, Payments for Next Billion Users at Google. Prior to that, she was the Country Manager for South Asia Emerging Markets at Google.
Key Features of Digital Pakistan Campaign
Access and Connectivity that ensures every Pakistani has access to the internet that is a fundamental right that we need to make available universally and especially to underserved populations.
Digital Infrastructure that creates the ability to do most daily tasks using smart-phones in a secure and faster manner.
E-Government that digitises intra-government operations and processes towards a paperless and efficient environment and also digitises government services for citizens and businesses for better delivery.
Digital Skilling and Literacy that enables our tech graduates to secure relevant jobs. A majority of our tech graduates today cannot compete globally because our curriculum is outdated and barring them from monetising those skills.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship that provides an enabling environment for startups to flourish.
Electronic governance or e-governance is the application of information and communication technology (ICT) for delivering government services, exchange of information, communication transactions and integration of various stand-alone systems.
Through e-governance, government services are made available to citizens in a convenient, efficient, and transparent manner. The three main target groups that can be distinguished in governance concepts are government, citizens, and businesses/interest groups. In e-governance, there are no distinct boundaries.
Prime Minister Imran while addressing the launching ceremony of ‘Digital Pakistan’ project, said that Pakistan has the world’s second largest youth population “which can be converted into our strength with this one initiative alone”. “Our women will be able to fully contribute. This is a very big opportunity.”
He said that the introduction of e-governance will be essential in combatting “the endemic of corruption which started out at the top but with their flight to foreign countries has now settled down in the lower tiers of society”. “E-governance is the best way to make the lives of people easier.”
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