The smartphone applications being developed by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) have improved the public sector performance of Pakistan significantly as 8 other countries which includes Albania, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Romania, Rwanda, Congo and Mozambique are copying the PITB projects, as learnt and reported by a news medium.
2 significant projects of PITB were acknowledged in the World Bank report captioned as “Improving Public Sector Performance through Innovation and Inter-Agency Coordination”—are among the fifteen projects among the other projects of different countries mentioned in the report.
The PITB Chairman—Dr Umar Saif while giving an interview to Pakistan Today said that he had addressed the World Bank Conference in Washington DC for giving an overview of the IT credentials of Pakistan. He further said that the addition of 2 projects namely—Citizen Feedback Monitoring Programme and e-Vaccs smartphone application was a matter of immense joy and pride for the country.
He further mentioned that the Citizen Feedback Monitoring Programme was is use by 20.5 million citizens since 2011 until this day.
Umar Saif also informed that the application assisted the government in receiving feedback complaints and suggestions from citizens against seventy thousand officials, which were then taken to some action as per law.
The PITB chairman highlighted that the smartphone revolution in Punjab indicated that how the data collection by the government could easily be improved and also the service delivery by making use of simple and easy to use smartphone applications.
About the second project he said that the e-Vaccs application improved the vaccination coverage area from 25 per cent to 88 per cent and assisted in erasing polio.
Dr Saif said that via these projects, PITB is aiming to make Pakistan world famous in the field of IT.