Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Welcome back to another blog. This article will discuss “Pakistan’s Lower E-Governance Ranking”. Pakistan ranks 150th among 193 countries in the UN’s E-Government Development Index (EGDI) for 2022. While India and Bangladesh hold higher positions at 105th and 111th respectively.
A recent study published in the quarterly report by the State Bank of Pakistan reveals that Pakistan’s government has implemented various initiatives for e-government. However, the study shows that similar economies have higher utilization of technology compared to the government.
The government is working on making its ministries more efficient and paperless by introducing an e-office. They are also launching a citizen portal where people can register complaints and give feedback on government performance.
To support education through distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Federal Education collaborated with several organizations. To introduce e-Taleem, a distance learning platform.
While the country performs relatively well in the UN’s e-Participation index, thanks in part to the citizen’s portal, there is significant scope for enhancing the government’s use of ICT in four crucial areas: core government services, public service delivery, digital citizen engagement, and government as a technology enabler.
The public sector’s use of ICT has a beneficial impact on citizens’ digital adoption. To promote equal access and prevent disparities, federal and provincial governments should expand their utilization of ICT across all areas of governance. Efforts must be made to bridge the digital divide and ensure that e-government initiatives do not contribute to inequality.
Furthermore, the public procurement regulations of the country should be modified to encourage the growth of the domestic IT industry, which primarily consists of small and emerging companies, instead of favoring established and large IT firms.
The federal and provincial governments formed several organizations to enhance e-government and IT in the public sector. However, these organizations, like the Punjab IT Board, National IT Board, and KP IT Board, need significant improvements in their performance.
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