NIDU website launched

January 17, 2008 at 8:07 am 1 comment

NIDU

This is what the National IT Development & Promotion Unit (NIDU) website states on its Home Page:

Moving in accordance with the IT policy to harness the potential of Information Technology as a key contributor to development of Pakistan, Ministry of IT has initiated a development project “National IT Development and Promotion Unit (NIDU)” targeted at seeking out areas of key importance and multi-stake holder input on the same before devising policies and guidelines for the better use of ICT.  Distinctive persons (this includes me and Rabia Garib so you know just how distinctive this group is ;))from different walks of life like Public Sector, Corporate, Financial Institutions, Academia and Legislation etc. have been gathered under the umbrella of NIDU to contribute towards the national policies.

NIDU states the following Aims & Objectives:
The aim of this project is to create a, ”Think Tank”  to advise, research and analyze the issues having relevance for the realization of goals set in the National IT Policy and IT Action Plan. Major functions of the Unit are to:

    • Arrange sessions with the experts of the relevant IT disciplines to analyze and collect ideas on the assigned issues.
    • Identify experts from the public and private sector so that their expertise can be used to address national issues relating to IT. These experts are organized into working groups designated to come up with concept papers, recommendations or outlines of project proposals.
    • Organize seminars on clearly defined issues. Invite papers from experts to be presented in the seminar. Divide participants into syndicates in order to facilitate formulation of findings and recommendations. This is followed by discussion & analysis in the general assembly. Each seminar concludes with a report including all findings & recommendations. Such reports will be submitted by NIDU to the Government.
    • Engage consultants where required on contract to handle major issues which need critical consultation and inputs for decision making. The assignment of the consultant will be clearly defined in advance along with all other conditions of the contract.
    • Give suggestions and recommendations to the executing agencies of IT projects in various domains. Based on this PC-Is can be prepared.
    • Assist the IT & T Division and other government bodies in identification and materialization of IT related initiatives and IT projects within specific areas.

There are 4 Working groups that you can register for:

E-Commerce
IT Security
IT Law
Content Development

I really think that as many of us as possible should register on this group so that we can give our input to MoITT. Let us start with the E-Crime Bill for instance and then move on to other areas. Let us not merely criticise. Let us get involved to ensure that change is enacted.

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