ICTs and Socio-Economic Development: Linking Pakistan’s Future

ICTs and Socio-Economic Development: Linking Pakistan’s Future

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  • Monday | 13 Oct, 2014
  • Parvez Iftikhar
  • Research Reports,Project Publications
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Abstract

Policy makers across the globe are realizing the significance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and considering it a ‘public good’ alongside other municipal services. The impact of ICTs has multiplied several times with the advent of Broadband Internet, which makes ICTs available everywhere. This study r attempts to analyze the importance of ICTs/broadband as a ‘public good’ and their role in socio-economic development with the help of examples and studies that have been carried out all over the world with special emphasis on economy, governance, health care, and education. It then goes on to describe where we, in Pakistan, stand with respect to ICTs in the above-mentioned sectors. It traces the status of ICTs development in the country in recent years and attempts to identify the challenges being faced by the ICT sector of Pakistan. In the end, the study makes recommendations about how ICTs, with the help of broadband, can be promoted so that these could contribute more meaningfully and productively to the country’s socio- economic development.