ISLAMABAD, Aug 31 (APP): Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom is finalizing a draft National Data Governance Policy (NDGP) to improve the maintenance and quality of data by describing different attributes related to data governance.

An official of the IT ministry said that the Draft of Artificial Intelligence and Block Chain was also under process. “The Personal Data Protection Bill is in the final stages of approval to ensure the protection of online data, information, and privacy of Pakistani citizens’’, he added.

He said that the National Cyber Security Policy 2021 has been approved to counter the incidents related to the malicious use of information and communication technologies in cyberspace that pose a grave financial and security threat to Pakistan.

The policy supported the establishment of an internal framework in all public and private institutions for the protection of the cyber ecosystem, security of national information systems, infrastructure, and protection in all national ICT infrastructures, he added.

He said the Ministry of IT & Telecom was also working on Digital Pakistan Policy 2022 keeping in view current emerging technologies and Digital Pakistan Policy 2018, National Broadband Policy 2021, and National Freelancing Facilitation Policy.

Highlighting the performance of MOITT, he said that in the past two years, the ministry had introduced a number of legislative and policy measures to accelerate its Digital Pakistan agenda and promote Pakistan’s ICT industry.

Pakistan has launched ‘The Cloud First Policy’ enabling the public sector to deliver services faster and more efficiently with transparency and increased inter-agency collaboration.

The Cloud First Policy would help develop a common platform for all public sector departments to manage and maintain their data, he said.

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