National Policy/Strategy Document:
- Here is Pakistan’s National IT Policy! It was revised in June 2012 by the Ministry of Information Technology, the state Planning Commision, the Pakistan Technology Industry Association (P@SHA), and local and expatriate Pakistanis. The report is written in English and is very detailed and helpful.
- Here is the Pakistani Ministry of Information Technology’s website, updated in 2012. It is all in English and provides many helpful links, including public comments on the National ICT Policy.
- This is the website for the Pakistani Planning Commission, which is working on rethinking “the country’s growth strategy with a view to developing policy and reform ideas for achieving a sustainable growth acceleration.” The Commission helped co-author the National ICT Policy.
- The International Telecommunication Union’s Information Society Statistical Profiles 2009: Asia and the Pacific is very helpful. It was revised in 2012 and is all in English. The report offers tons of great statistics, allowing you to compare Pakistan’s ICT progress to its neighbors and regional competitors.
- “A Model of ICT Based Services for Agricultural Extension in Pakistan” is a great report by Mahrukh Siraj in 2011 for the CABI Organization, an international development based non-profit. The report succinctly lays out climate of Pakistan’s agricultural sector and how ICTs can improve it.
- This overview of Pakistan’s media access in 2010 by AudienceScapes has lots of interesting information on ICT penetration in the country. It also discusses the Pakistani government’s censorship of the media.
- The CIA World Factbook has a very informative page on Pakistan, updated in 2012. It is a great site to get familiarized with the country, but also has a detailed summary of Pakistan’s communication sector.
Pakistan is a great choice, its ICT industry is currently one of the fastest emerging in Southeast Asia. They have a very detailed National IT Policy and though it is quite overreaching it gives you lots to work with! Additionally, all the resources are in English. This is a pivotal time for Pakistan both economically and politically–I would definitely recommend choosing it to research throughout your semester!