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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: Jan 6, 2021

Current Status of Study Group Recommendations

Since 1993, the SDPI’s Study Group on Information Technology
and Telecommunications has been meeting periodically to discuss
the challenges that Pakistan is likely to face as a result of this
rapidly evolving field. So far, the group has held 62 meetings and
done some studies. The emphasis of such studies has been on the
efficiency and efficacy of Information and Communication
Technologies (ICTs) infrastructure and services, regulatory issues,
taxation, connectivity, and support to institutions. The Study
Group has been bringing to bear the experience, opinions and ideas
of engineers, scientists, economists, academics, business people
and other relevant experts’ knowledge in the field.
With hindsight it is now easy to recapitulate that without
moving with the evolution of ICTs, what would have been our
fate during the COVID-19. Although, Pakistan’s ICT
infrastructure and Internet penetration is not at the stage
where it should have been, but the current level has served us
fairly well. This has been separately explained in this
Contained in this publication are the recommendations of the
group submitted to the policy makers and other stakeholders from
time to time. It also indicates the status of various
recommendations. Also included in this document are the
recommendations through other studies/policy briefs prepared by
SDPI to draw the government’s attention towards the importance
of the ICT sector and its needs. Two policy letters/papers written to
the Prime Minister in 1993 (when the group used to function from the platform of Prime Minister’s Committee for Research and
Analysis) and the other to the Government of Pakistan in 1995, are
also annexed. The main purpose of these papers was to recommend
the way forward to successfully enter the twenty first century by
enhancing the pace of development in the emerging field of ICTs.
SDPI expresses with satisfaction that a number of Study Group’s
recommendations have either been implemented, or are in the
process of implementation as shown against these. Policy making
institutions, regulatory set-up and parliamentary committees are
now fully cognizant of keeping pace with the evolution of ICTs
and meeting the challenges that present themselves. Input/feedback
from the readers would be welcome