Diplo IG Community members from Pakistan involving Fouad Bajwa (IGCBP'06), Rose Gill (IGCBP'07), Asif Kabani (IGCBP'07) and Jamil Goheer (IGCBP'08) have been selected as members of the working groups for providing input and recommendations on Pakistan's new National IT Policy Formulation activity for next 5 years.
The first meeting was held in Lahore, Punjab in Pakistan on September 2008 where DiploFoundation's Associates contributed inputs in various working groups including Internet Governance and IT for Social Development.
The Federal Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom (MoIT&T), Government of Pakistan is in the process of redrafting the IT Policy for Pakistan for the period of next five years from 2008-2013. The MoIT&T last year initiated a development project titled the "National IT Development and Promotion Unit (NIDU)" that targets at seeking out areas of key importance and multi-stake holder input on the same before devising policies and guidelines for the better use of IT in general. Ref: http://www.nidu.gov.pk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=10
The NIDU policy interventions are currently been taken online and issues will be deliberated in face-to-face meetings recorded from this forum as well as stakeholder interaction. Many stakeholders connected within the policy development framework activities are not able to engage within these interactions, these also include CIOs from academia, public and private sectors and the civil society.
There are various stakeholders engaging with NIDU and MoIT&T at the Pakistan ICT Policy Monitor online mailing list located online. Pakistan ICT Policy Monitor mailing list contributes to National IT Policy related discussions and ICT penetration in Pakistan. The mailing list comprises of legislators, civil society and various public and private stakeholders. It is located at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/pakistanictpolicy.
Here is the public wiki for the process: http://pakistanITpolicy.pbwiki.com