Information Technology (IT) Policy: Concept, Vision, Objectives, Strategies and Policy

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Information Technology Policy: Concept, Vision, Objectives, Strategies and Policy


Information Technology Policy

The Information Technology Policy has been brought with the aim of making information technology accessible to the general public and creating a knowledge-based society.

Vision

“To place Countries (Nepal) on the global map of information technology within the next future”

Objectives

  • To make information technology accessible to the general public and increase employment through this means,
  • To build a knowledge-based society, and
  • To establish knowledge-based industries.

Strategies

  • The government shall act as a promoter, facilitator, and regulator.
  • High priority shall be accorded to research, development, and extension of information technology with the participation of private sectors.
  • Competent manpower shall be developed with the participation of both the public and the private sectors for the sustainable development and extension of information technology.
  • Domestic and foreign investment shall be encouraged for the development of information technology and the related infrastructures.
  • Nepal shall be placed on the global map of information technology.
  • E-commerce shall be promoted with legal provisions.
  • Information technology shall be used to assist e-governance.
  • Information technology shall be applied for rural development.
  • The information technology industry shall be promoted.
  • Speedy and qualitative service shall be made available at a reasonable cost by creating a healthy and competitive atmosphere among information technology service providers.
  • Computer education shall be incorporated into the academic curriculum starting from the school level.
  • Professional efficiency shall be enhanced through the use of information technology.
  • Information technology networks shall be extended to rural areas.
  • Nepal shall be placed on the international market through information technology.
  • Export of services related to information technology (software and hardware) shall be increased to 10 billion rupees within the next five years.

Policy

The following policies are proposed for the implementation of the aforesaid strategies:

  • To declare the information technology sector a priority sector,
  • To adopt one window system for the development of information technology, 
  • To prioritize research and development in the field of information technology,
  • To create an atmosphere conducive to attracting investment in the private sector, keeping in view the private sector’s role in the development of information technology,
  • To provide Internet facilities gradually to all Village Development Committees of the country,
  • To assist educational institutions and encourage domestic and foreign training to fulfill the requirement of appropriate manpower at various levels pertaining to information technology,
  • To computerize the system in all government offices and build their websites for the flow of information,
  • To encourage the use of computers in private sectors,
  • To develop physical and virtual information technology parks at various places with the private sector’s participation in the development of information technology,
  • To use information technology to promote e-commerce, e-education, e-health among others, and to transfer technology to rural areas.
  • To establish a National Information Technology Centre,
  • To establish a fund at the national level by mobilizing resources from the Government of Nepal, donor agencies, and private sectors so as to promote research and development of information technology and other related activities,
  • To establish a venture capital fund with joint participation of public and private sectors,
  • To include computer education in the curriculum starting from the school level and broaden its scope,
  • To establish Nepal in the global market through the use of information technology,
  • To enact necessary laws for providing legal sanctions to the use of information technology,
  • To use information technology gradually in all government activities and provide legal sanctions to them.

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