The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoIT&T), which is in charge of executing the digital Pakistan framework, was placed fifteenth out of 10 ministries in the Government of Pakistan’s annual performance report.
Despite its successes, it was not among the top 10 ministries despite generating a large amount of income over the previous three years and drafting several policies and legislation for the execution of the framework for ‘Digital Pakistan.’
Over the previous three years, officials from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology claimed they had launched more than 49 broadband projects costing Rs. 50 billion in remote regions of the nation to boost connectivity, while also collecting more than Rs. 270 billion in income.
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoIT&T) successfully held a spectrum auction in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), as well as an extra spectrum auction. It made $30.3 million from spectrum auctions in AJK and GB, as well as $279 million from further spectrum auctions.
In addition, the government made a $50 million profit by renewing the licences of three big companies: Telenor, Warid, and Ufone. By renewing the licence of the main telecom operator Jazz, it also deposited 45 billion with the government. IT exports have soared, surpassing $3 billion for the first time in Pakistan’s history. A million young people in the country received freelancing training from the government.
According to the MoIT&T, freelancers have earned export revenue of $216.788 million during the first half of the current financial year at a growth rate of 16.74 percent as compared to last year’s $185.698 million. 3G 4G users have reached 108 million and cellular subscribers have reached 189 million.
In the previous three years, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications has also created social media guidelines, a right of way policy, a cloud-first policy, a cyber security policy, a personal data protection bill, a smartphone readiness policy, and an NITB bill.
In view of these accomplishments, the government’s decision to eliminate their split among the top 10 ministries astounds its officials. According to ProPakistani, the ministry has produced plans and policies that will have long-term effects, which may be the reason for the ranking, because these initiatives have a smaller day-to-day influence but are highly useful in setting the path towards the digital Pakistan framework.