With accelerated digital transformation across different sectors, citizens across the world are expecting the same level of seamless service delivery from the public sectors as the services they receive from the private sector. This requires an increased level of data sharing among public sector entities and an enhanced level of availability of e-services to citizens. The agility and quality of services offered by the private sector is very difficult to achieve with a fragmented ICT infrastructure by public sector entities. Moreover, with traditional procurement practices, the time to market for public sector e-government solutions is very long. Furthermore, the cost of maintaining individual data centers is high, their efficiency low and their security is below par. Therefore, public sector entities in many countries are gradually moving away from investing in individual data centers towards a cloud model.
Through the Pakistan Cloud First Policy, MoITT aims to contribute to the GOP’s goal to promote e-Governance in order to make Pakistan the frontrunner in good governance through IT enablement at all levels. MoITT also aims to reduce the burden of import bills of Pakistan by discouraging the investments in organization specific data centers in public sector organizations and taking advantage of the economies of scale offered by the cloud.