LAHORE: The Punjab’s IT Policy 2018, based on five pillars including support to the industry, bridging digital divide, e-governance, citizen-centric services and entrepreneurship, was approved by the provincial cabinet in its last meeting.
The policy is focused on bridging the digital divide across gender, regions and economic classes, achieving affordable access for all and positioning Punjab as the IT research and development and innovation hub of Pakistan.
With this approval, Punjab has now become the first province to launch an IT policy. Highlighting salient features of the policy, Information Technology University Punjab founding vice chancellor Dr Umar Saif said the policy document consolidated all the initiatives taken in the sector and set a future roadmap for making Punjab the hub of information technology.
“Punjab’s IT policy will attract long-term investment, improve export remittances and increase new IT parks through technology special economic zones,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2018.