December 16, 2018

KPK launches its First Digital Policy

ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has launched its first digital policy for the province. 

The policy talks about the the digital aspirations of the province for the next five years (2018-2023) in four thematic areas including digital access, digital economy, digital skills and digital governance.

Among a range of aspirations, the Digital policy commits to phased transformation of broadband services from copper networks to optical fiber network. It also commits to reducing the tax on mobile and fixed broadband services in the province to enhance digital footprint in the province.

On privacy, the policy envisions adopting a Global data protection regulation to ensure privacy of citizens and “government institutions operating in the Cyberspace.”

The Digital policy also hopes to make digital transformation within the government departments. These include introducing digital technologies into government services to improve their efficiency, implementing standard cyber security protocols across all the departments, adoption of open source software, increasing software standardization and replication across government departments and adopting Cloud based services to reduce IT infrastructure and maintenance cost.

The policy also envisions promoting the use of technology in different sectors including agriculture, health and education and also connect remote areas to the developed ones.

The policy document can be read here.

 

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