The proposed project will support the government to adopt a long-term strategy and implementation framework for the reinvigoration of ICT sector and smart city solutions to allow holistic development of IT ecosystem, through the establishment of a benchmark model IT park in Pakistan. The investment is also in line with the government's mid-term IT development policy, the Digital Pakistan Policy 2017. The project will contribute to higher and more inclusive growth through integrated adoption of ICT solutions in Pakistan. The expected outcome of the project is strengthened holistic development of ICT sector in Pakistan. The outcome will be achieved through the following outputs: (i) an IT park set up as a benchmark model in Karachi; (ii) National IT Parks strategy developed; (iii) smart city strategy developed and piloted; and (iv) ICT skills in higher education stream with technological readiness for knowledge-based economy strengthened.
|Project Name||Integrated Information and Communications Technology Development Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services - ICT infrastructure - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The proposed project will support the government to adopt a long-term strategy and implementation framework for the reinvigoration of ICT sector and smart city solutions to allow holistic development of IT ecosystem, through the establishment of a benchmark model IT park in Pakistan. The investment is also in line with the government's mid-term IT development policy, the Digital Pakistan Policy 2017. The project will contribute to higher and more inclusive growth through integrated adoption of ICT solutions in Pakistan. The expected outcome of the project is strengthened holistic development of ICT sector in Pakistan. The outcome will be achieved through the following outputs: (i) an IT park set up as a benchmark model in Karachi; (ii) National IT Parks strategy developed; (iii) smart city strategy developed and piloted; and (iv) ICT skills in higher education stream with technological readiness for knowledge-based economy strengthened. The project will be aligned with the following impact: ICT industry contribution to inclusive growth increased, as outlined in Pillar VI of Pakistan Vision 2025.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||A transaction technical assistance (TRTA) is required to complete due diligence for the ensuing project. Ministry of Information and Technology & Telecom (MOIT) is in possession of land in Karachi to construct the benchmark model IT Park. Necessary policy impetus for such parks and smart governance solutions in Pakistan are already outlined in the updated IT Policy of 2017. The Government has requested ADB to support its efforts to rejuvenate the ICT sector of the country. The Ministry has initiated institutional arrangements such as establishment of Research and Development fund for ICT. The government is engaging in a bilateral manner with the government of People's Republic of China and is strengthening high speed infrastructure capacity by undertaking development of landing gateways in the north and laying of fiber optic cable linkage systems. The TRTA will leverage the governmental commitment and ownership, and feasibility-level designs will be prepared for the three components. In addition, financial and economic analysis, poverty and social impact assessments, assessments of financial and/or procurement management capacity, and project's safeguard arrangements in terms of both environment and social, in line with ADB requirements, will be prepared.|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The major stakeholders for IT parks are ICT industry and in Pakistan, the trade and commerce, finance and higher education representatives. The smart solutions focus on improving citizen services in public service delivery. The participants include various sections of civil society where these measures will be piloted. The stakeholders for skills development component include participating higher education institutions and industry associations. The TA will identify relevant stakeholders and prepare a consultation and participation plan to engage key stakeholders.|
|During Project Implementation||The project will include design features to ensure that IT citizen and practitioners, particularly the women start-up entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized entrepreneurs receives secure development environment enabling tangible benefits in programs associated with piloting smart solutions and IT parks. Care will be exercised in ensuring youths from underprivileged sections are included in skills development projects.|
|Consulting Services||It is expected that 75 person -months of international and 88 person- months of national consultants are required. To ensure the consistency in due diligence and capacity strengthening, one consulting firm will be recruited to carry out the due diligence in technical feasibility, economic and financial viability, safeguards, and capacity strengthening. Two individual consultants (one international and one national) will be recruited to carry out the project coordination and management activities. In the absence of qualified national and/or international consultants will be substituted interchangeably subject to budget considerations. The consultants will be recruited using quality- and cost -based selection method (with a quality -cost ratio of 90:10 considering the variety of expertise required and its critical role) following the simplified technical proposal, quality based selection may be considered where appropriate.|
|Procurement||ADB will engage consulting firms and individual consultants in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the associated Project Administration Instructions/TA Staff Instructions. Equipment purchased under the TA project will be turned over to MOIT at the completion of the TA project. ADB will administer the TA (including engaging the consultants), in coordination with MOIT, which will be the executing and implementing agency. The beneficiary ministries at federal and provincial level will serve as members and/or observers as deemed necessary on context basis in the steering committee, which will be chaired by the MOIT. The steering committee will provide overall guidance on the TA's implementation. The steering committee representatives will meet and provide directions through the three TA workshops (inception, interim, and final).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Hu, Ruoyu|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD|
Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication
|Approval||30 Oct 2017|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||12 Mar 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|30 Oct 2017||21 Nov 2017||21 Nov 2017||31 Jul 2018||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,600,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,600,000.00||30 Oct 2017||0.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Integrated Information and Communications Technology Development Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jan 2018|
|Preparing the Integrated Information and Communications Technology Development Project: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2017|
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