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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

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Published Date: Apr 16, 2014

After 3G/4G Spectrum Auctions – What Next?

In order to make full use of the benefits of dramatically faster and widely available mobile broadband internet as a result of forthcoming 3G/4G auctions, the government should immediately start work on a plan to maximize the benefits of broadband internet across the socio economic divide”. This was the key recommendation that emerged in the 58th meeting of SDPI’s Study Group on Information Technology and Telecommunications held here today. While there is a need for a comprehensive policy in this area, there is no harm with advancement in technology, said Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). He informed that PTA is in the process of coming up with a plan for the telecom sector, in consultation with all the stakeholders including industry representatives.
While chairing the proceedings of the session, Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gillani, Chairman Gallup Pakistan, highlighted that platforms such as SDPI’s Study Group on IT and Telecom are important in bringing together experts from various fields and deliberate over matters of public interest. He added that Pakistan was able to get access to internet before other countries in the region, indicating the impact and significance of policy messages from such discussion.
Keynote presentations were made by Dr Aamir Matin, a noted IT industry professional, and Parvez Iftikhar, an international consultant on ICTs and former CEO Universal Service Fund.
Dr. Matin drew a comparison between the motorway and the information highway, explaining that the long term benefits of motorways include reducing pressure on the large cities by opening up industrial zones and employment opportunities in newer/smaller towns along the motorways. Reducing the time required for agricultural produce to reach markets is another important impact. However, in the case of Pakistan, the longer term benefits of the Islamabad-Lahore motorway are still to be fully realised, due to lack of a comprehensive plan. On a similar note, with examples, he explained the benefits of eServices that could accrue from faster internet, once the 3G/4G networks are rolled-out. But the full potential will remain unutilized unless a proper plan is prepared and implemented.
Parvez Iftikhar laid out a strategy to implement a broadband plan that would allow e-services in the areas of education, governance, health, agriculture/livestock, etc., to be delivered at citizens’ doorsteps. He explained that these are much bigger tasks than the mere provision of broadband, as the governments themselves will have to become the biggest users of broadband, which will mean gradual re-engineering of governments’ own processes as well. He suggested that apart from the Universal Services Fund and ICT R&D Fund, national and provincial government budgets should also be used for funding, in addition to investments from the private sector.
The meeting concluded with recommendations that following a comprehensive plan, a broadband eco-system should be built, which includes development of relevant content in regional languages, rolling out eServices, raising awareness among citizens through targeted promotions, capacity building of public officials and general public towards ICT, and adoption of ICT-enabled services through shared access points. It was suggested that the Ministry of IT should take the lead in coordinating the national broadband plan, taking along the provincial governments and relevant federal ministries.
For the implementation of such a plan, a large number of multiple stakeholders will need to contribute, which will require patronage and guidance will have to come right from the top.