Digital Government & Society

SECTION 4: Digitalization

  • Digitalization in governance sectors / e-governance
  • Digitalization in social and development sectors
  • Digitalization in business and commercial sectors

Bookme, 1LINK to digitize payments
Date: June 1, 2020 – Source 1: Express Tribune, Source 2: Technology Times
Bookme Tickets Private Limited and 1LINK (Private) Limited have partnered for 1LINK-1BILL aggregation services to simplify digital payments for Bookme.pk’s 4.5 million customers across Pakistan.
Pakistan National Council of Arts organizes online event
Date: June 2, 2020 – Source: The News
In the current times of coronavirus-induced lockdown and social distancing, an online session organized by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts brought art lovers and leading artists together on the occasion of Eid.
Allama Iqbal Open University to accept web-based results for next admission cycle
Date: June 2, 2020 – Source: The News
Allama Iqbal Open University has announced that it will accept web-based provincial certificate (result) to facilitate its students taking admissions in Spring, 2020 semester.
Upsurge in ‘online matrimonial’ offers
Date: June 3, 2020 – Source: The News
An upsurge in ‘online matrimonial’ offers has been recorded on social media platforms during restrictions in place due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Federal Minister gives direction for completing work on information technology park
Date: June 3, 2020 – Source: Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication
Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin ul Haq gave direction that work on the Information Technology Park in Islamabad should be completed in a timely and transparent manner.
International Islamic University to offer over 4,000 online courses
Date: June 3, 2020 – Source: The News
After launching a virtual education policy for online teaching amid coronavirus pandemic, the International Islamic University has planned to offer over 4,000 online courses for over 30,000 students, 498 academic programs and 88 departments of nine faculties
Using Facebook, Covid-19 survivors rally to donate plasma
Date: June 4, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
A number of Covid-19 survivors have banded together to form Facebook groups like ‘Corona Recovered Warriors’ and ‘Blood Warriors of Pakistan’, both to coordinate plasma donations and assist anyone else who contracts the virus.
Driving licenses now just an application away
Date: June 5, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
Rawalpindi Traffic Police has introduced a new one-window operation to provide licenses without any human intervention and it has also offered a technological solution to the long waiting lines – book an appointment beforehand using a mobile application.
Federal Bureau of Revenue jacks up valuation rates of mobile accessories
Date: June 5, 2020 – Source: The News
Just ahead of upcoming budget, the Federal Bureau Revenue has jacked up customs valuation rates of mobile accessories substantially.
Zong 4G among ten most supportive companies fighting Covid-19 in Pakistan
Date: June 5, 2020 – Source: The News
A survey conducted by market research company Ipsos has recognized Zong 4G under China Mobile Pakistan as one of the 10 most supportive companies in the fight against Covid-19 in Pakistan.
National Command and Control Centre launches new application
Date: June 6, 2020 – Source 1: Express Tribune, Source 2: Samaa, Source 3: 92 News
National Command and Operation Center Pakistan has launched the ‘Pak Nigheban’ application to provide information about the availability of ventilators in hospitals.
People shift to internet, mobile banking due to pandemic restrictions
Date: June 10, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
A large number of Pakistanis have switched to internet and mobile banking in a bid to adopt precautionary measures against Covid-19 as online banking assists in transferring funds, paying utility bills and making online shopping.
Online learning: The new normal
Date: June 10, 2020 – Source: Dawn
Online teaching allows for bite-sized concepts that can be customized for differentiated learning as the teacher takes students through digital worksheets. The level of difficulty of questions set can be controlled.
Online exhibition showcases works by four award-winning Pakistani artists
Date: June 11, 2020 – Source 1: Dawn, Source 2: The News, Source 3: The World News Monitor
An online exhibition titled ‘Fleeting Moments’ showcasing works by Nahid Raza, Prof Dr Rahat Naveed Masud, Akram Dost Baloch and Sadaf Naeem was held.
Digital future
Date: June 11, 2020 – Source: Dawn
Across Asia, the digital economy has been a crucial factor in transforming economies and communities and spurring economic growth.
Rs6.67 billion set aside for information technology, telecommunications division
Date: June 13, 2020 – Source 1: Pakistan Today, Source 2: Express Tribune
The federal government has allocated Rs6.6 billion for ongoing and new schemes of the Information Technology and Telecommunication Division under the Public Sector Development Program for the financial year 2020-21.
Fashion and the digital experience
Date: June 14, 2020 – Source: The News
The impact of the current pandemic has directly affected the fashion calendar, forcing international fashion councils to re-strategize and rethink the need for so many collections and fashion weeks.
Going online: Lessons from the classroom
Date: June 14, 2020 – Source: Dawn
The unplanned transition from conventional classrooms to online spaces due to restrictions in movement has unearthed basic issues such as ill-trained faculties, connectivity issues, and insufficient technical support.
Billions allocated for information technology sector
Date: June 14, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
The government sees promising potential in information technology services for education and health solutions as it has allocated billions of rupees for different technologies including 5G in budget 2020-21 to put the country on the path of development.
Members of Parliament mull virtual assembly session
Date: June 14, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
Ahead of the provincial budget being presented, the Sindh government has begun deliberations with opposition parties over convening a virtual assembly session for the budget.
Minister urges use of modern technology for efficiency in official matters
Date: June 15, 2020 – Source: Dawn
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has underlined the need for use of modern technology for efficient running of official matters.
Punjab brings ride-hailing applications under sales tax net
Date: June 16, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
The Punjab government has added the services of ride-hailing apps to its sales tax net through the Finance Bill 2020.
Government urged to resolve e-learning issues
Date: June 17, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
The infrastructural and governance level issues need to be addressed by the governments to streamline the e-learning after Covid-19 scenario in addition to efforts that the learning institutions are putting to be adaptive to new challenges.
Lockdown means business in socially distanced Pakistan
Date: June 18, 2020 – Source: The News
Lockdown-driven social distancing has catalyzed digital transition in Pakistan unfolding economic opportunities for people to make lemonade from lemons, according to a survey by Google.
Police ask citizens to file complaints online
Date: June 19, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
In view of the coronavirus outbreak, Rawalpindi police have advised the citizens to use social media for online registrations of their complaints.
Pakistan sends 38 exporters’ names to Amazon for registration
Date: June 19, 2020 – Source 1: The News, Source 2: Pakistan Today, Source 3: Market Screener
In a major development in Pakistan’s efforts to increase its e-commerce with outside world, Pakistan has sent a list of 38 exporters to US e-commerce giant Amazon for registration.
Government automates tax return assessment in major policy shift
Date: June 20, 2020 – Source: The News
The government has automated tax return assessment in a major policy shift for the next fiscal year of 2020/21, ending a decade-old manual procedure.
PTA chairman holds video conference with Asia Internet Coalition representatives
Date: June 20, 2020 – Source 1: The News, Source 2: Media Online Today
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Amir Azeem Bajwa held a meeting with Asia Internet Coalition, a representative body of technology companies and social media platforms, via video conference in continuation of the ongoing consultation process over Citizens Protection Rules, 2020.
Information Technology to help promote trade with Canada
Date: June 21, 2020 – Source 1: Express Tribune, Source 2: Times of Islamabad
Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Canada has said that business and trade between Canada and Pakistan could be promoted by taking advantage of information technology.
Information Technology secretary lauds Virtual University for promoting online education
Date: June 23, 2020 – Source: The News
The federal secretary of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has lauded the role of Virtual University of Pakistan for promoting online education especially during current Covid-19 pandemic.
Islamabad High Court moved to bring in Amazon, PayPal
Date: June 24, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
The Islamabad High Court gave the federal government two weeks to submit its response to a petition filed against the lack of e-commerce facilities in the country.
Chief Minister endorses e-bidding as harbinger to transparency
Date: June 26, 2020 – Source: Dawn
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan formally inaugurated E-Property Management System of local government to ensure effective and efficient management of the commercial properties of the department and all its subordinate formations.
Board of Investment launches online portals
Date: June 26, 2020 – Source: Pakistan Today
The Board of Investment launched three online portals including Electronic Joint Venture (EJV), Branch Liaison Management Information System (BLMIS) and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Information Portal to digitize all services for the benefit of investors.
Bracing Eastern classical music for the online challenge
Date: June 28, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
Given the current set of circumstances with the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, the latest edition of the annual Tehzeeb Music Festival was held virtually.
Pakistani company takes on Google Maps
Date: June 28, 2020 – Source: Dawn
TPL Maps is a Pakistani navigation application based out of Karachi that lets you wander around without getting lost. The local company aspires to challenge the monopoly of Google Maps in Pakistan’s tracking and location data industry.
Higher Education Commission finds University of Sargodha ‘ready’ to impart online education
Date: June 28, 2020 – Source 1: Dawn, Source 2: Daily Times
The Higher Education Commission has declared University of Sargodha as fully prepared to impart online education to the students.
Government launches the ‘AgriSurge 2020 Innovation Challenge’ to promote agriculture challenges
Date: June 29, 2020 – Source: Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication
The AgriSurge 2020 Innovation Challenge was launched by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and the Food and Agriculture Organization to address challenges faced by the agriculture sector through innovation initiatives.
Police’s citizens monitoring application making ‘smart lockdown’ in cities more effective
Date: June 29, 2020 – Source: Dawn
The citizens monitoring application designed by Sindh Police has allowed city authorities to effectively administer ‘smart lockdown’ in major cities of the province.
District administration asked to start online registrations of NGOs
Date: June 29, 2020 – Source: Dawn
Punjab Home Department has directed the district administration to start online registration of NGOs to monitor their financial matters, especially their local and foreign funding.
University of Peshawar teachers announce boycott of online classes, exams
Date: June 29, 2020 – Source: The News
The teaching fraternity of the University of Peshawar announced complete boycott of online classes and exams and other academic activities from today to press the government to lift ban on appointment and recruitment in the university.
Online seminar discusses development in tribal districts
Date: June 30, 2020 – Source: The News
An online seminar at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan debated in detail the situation prevailing in the tribal districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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