STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Telecom- munication Corporation (NTC) has inaugurated Pa- kistans first ever National Data Centre.

The inauguration cer- emony held in the capital was attended by State Min- ister for Information Tech- nology Ms Anusha Rahman Khan, Chairman PTA Dr. Ismail Shah and various professionals from the IT industry of Pakistan.

Pakistan is the first ever SAARC country to imple- ment the e-governance model. After successfully converting over 6,000 files to e-government by the Ministry of Information Technology, the government last year de- cided to replicate this model in all ministries/divisions and attached departments.

“So, in that respect, the main aim behind the newly inaugurated data centre would be to help the gov- ernment implement its e- governance agenda. This National Data Centre will comply with the Tier-3 standards and other than e-governance also assist in e-commerce and e-health”, informed the minister.

IT Minister Anusha Rah- man also stated that the National Data Centre for e- governance is the top prior- ity of the government.

Speaking at the event, Chairman NTC Viqar Rasheed Khan said that the Data Centre will be added with the latest IT features and it will be highly technical.

“The Data Centre will pro- vide the facilities to the gov- ernment bodies with different services in data communica- tion as various other private service providers are offering to their clients”, he said

National Telecommuni- cation Corporation signed a contract with Inbox Busi- ness Technologies and Huawei earlier this year in March. The entire process of the data centres estab- lishment took place within a time span of 5 months and it is expected that it will be up and running quite soon owing to close work- ing ties between the govern- ment and the private

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