Anusha chairs meeting to review national IT policy

ISLAMABAD –  In order to review the draft of National IT Policy, Ministry of Information Technology (IT) on Thursday held final consultation with stakeholders.While chairing the event, Minister of State for IT and Telecom Anusha Rehman stated that this policy document won’t deliver desired results until and unless it is not endorsed by the industry and other stakeholders.She said, “In last few years, the world has witnessed a phenomenal growth in our IT sector due to our appropriate policy measures and strenuous efforts.
Therefore, we earned four international recognitions which speak volume of our inclination and determination to bring an IT revolution in the country.The minister said that the government gives highest priority to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, particularly IT exports, e-Governance entrepreneurship and innovation, in order to create an accelerated digitisation ecosystem to expand knowledge based economy.“Therefore, we want to bring a comprehensive new IT policy which could ensure creation of a holistic digital ecosystem with other wide-ranging objectives like promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, infrastructure development, increase in IT exports, legislative measures to safeguard software industry, enabling e-Commerce environment, and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) for IT accessibility,” she added.
The key features of the new National IT Policy document are sectorial digitisation, big data, data analytics, entrepreneurship, Internet of Things (IoT), e-commerce, e-agriculture, software export.It is expected that the National IT Policy 2016 will be submitted to ECC within the next six weeks for its approval.IT Industry representatives, government officials and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.