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    initiative aims to boost ICT s contribution to the country s gross national income with projects such as e payment services and cross border e commerce shipment The Malaysia government expects to generate about 31 2 billion ringgit US 9 8 billion worth of public private partnership investments from its Digital Malaysia initiative by 2020 The Sun Daily reported on Thursday that the figures were revealed by Multimedia Development Corporation MDeC CEO Badlisham Ghazali He said eight ICT projects have already been approved this year and will be rolled out in phases with more in the pipeline Launched last October the Digital Malaysia initiative is a national project that hopes to increase the ICT sector s contribution to its gross national income GNI to 17 percent or 294 billion ringgit US 93 2 billion by 2020 Badlisham said the one of the eight ongoing projects include the Asian e Fulfillment Hub which aims to turn Malaysia into Asia s hub for cross border e commerce shipment It is expected to attract 620 million ringgit worth of investments and create 1 622 jobs and contribute 287 million US 91 million to the country s GNI in 8 years time Another project

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/malaysia-to-invest-9.8-billion-in-ict-by-2020/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Us Spotlight News Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Business e portal expected to improve business licensing 23 August 2012 Doing business in Bhutan has been difficult because of lengthy and tedious licensing procedures But it will not be anymore At least that is what Government to Business G2B e portal launched on Wednesday promises to lessen the time required to procure business licences G2B is an e portal for business a one stop shop for licences and clearances required for starting business The portal was developed with support from International Finance Corporation IFC the largest global development institution of World Bank Group The e portal is part of the government s Accelerating Socio economic Development project At the request of the Bhutan government IFC conducted a comprehensive study on the inventory of 119 business licences issued by 29 agencies in the country It identified compliance burden in terms of time and cost involved in getting a licence aimed at creating favourable and efficient start up and operating environment for private sector growth by improving the business environment and legal framework

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/business-e-portal-expected-to-improve-business-licensing/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    analyses government policies and industry initiatives on ICT and the environment It highlights the strategies and initiatives for achieving climate safe ICT technologies Towards Green ICT strategies Assessing Policies and Programmes on ICTs and the Environment Publisher Organisation for Economic and Cooperation and Development 2009 Improving environmental performance tackling global warming and enhancing resource management are on top of the list of global challenges that must be urgently addressed Image credits Google Greening ICTs This report analyses over 90 government programmes and business initiatives on ICT and the environment that address environmental challenges particularly global warming and energy use Initiatives concentrate on greening ICTs rather than tackling global warming and environmental degradation through the use of ICT applications Only one tenth of initiatives focus solely on using ICTs as an enabler although almost one third of initiatives look at both greening ICT infrastructures as well as deploying ICT applications as enablers Environmental information systems smart transport and smart buildings are among the most frequently supported ICT related applications Very few business associations have strategies to apply ICTs outside of the ICT sector reducing environmental impacts over the complete life cycle even though manufacturing distribution and disposal can have higher environmental

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/addressing-environmental-impacts-of-icts/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    using text messages Pakistan A literacy programme delivered through the mobile phone to disadvantaged female learners in Punjab showed improved literacy skills Image credits Future Gov Pakistan is the fourth largest contributor to the world illiterate population The five month programme initiated by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO targeted 250 females aged 15 to 24 years old in three districts Pakistan with half its population illiterate is the fourth largest contributor to the world illiterate population The literacy rate for males is 63 compared to only 36 for females making the country with one of the widest gap in this region One of the main challenges in promoting literacy in the country is the lack of interest said Ichiro Miyazawa of UNESCO Islamabad Many youths after attending the basic literacy course often relapse into illiteracy because the available reading materials are either too difficult or not interesting enough In this pilot project which ended last month these learners who have just completed the basic literacy course were given a mobile phone each They receive three text messages a day in the local language They are required to practise reading and writing the messages in their work book and reply to their teachers by text Monthly assessments held at the learning centres showed improvement in literacy skills While results varied in the three districts Lahore Sialkot and Hafizabad learners who scored C reduced from an average of 52 to 12 UNESCO invested US 57 per learner to run this trial programme Miyazawa expected that cost could be lowered to US 33 if the mobile phones were reused by at least three learners We want the programme to be sustainable If the learner wishes to continue after completing the programme he or she can pay US 6 to keep

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/generating-literacy-via-cell-phones-in-pakistan/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    programmes I slamabad The meteorological department plans to launch a television channel soon to inform people about weather conditions round the clock Image credits Dawn The channel will be launched in two months on a public private partnership basis Dr Qamaruz Zaman It will be the first such channel in South Asia China is the only country in the Asia Pacific region which has a dedicated weather channel The department s Director General Dr Qamaruz Zaman told Dawn on Sunday that the channel would be launched in two months on a public private partnership basis In addition to hourly forecasts the channel will telecast documentaries and other programmes related to weather and climate Its emphasis will be on keeping the farming community across the country informed about rainfall and weather patterns Dr Zaman said the importance of a weather channel had increased because of effects of climate change on water resources and agriculture It is important to inform people about measures required to mitigate the effects of climate change and carbon emission He said development projects should be planned keeping these effects in view Climate changes also affect the aviation industry and energy projects The present fleet of the national flag carrier may not meet new regulations being enforced by European countries and carbon tax may be imposed on it with landing charges The airline would have to consider buying aircraft with low carbon emission Dr Zaman said weather conditions in Pakistan particularly Punjab were suffering because of pollutants coming from India where plants had been set up to generate energy from coal This is the main reason of the thick fog which engulfs parts of Punjab during winter The mixture of fog and smoke sometimes forces closure of highways and motorways It also affects economic activities Dr Zaman who

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/pakistan-to-launch-weather-channel/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    in particular While this latest atrocity by the Taliban may seem unprecedented in its brazenness the Children and Armed Conflict app quickly dispels this myth In the Country Situation section it provides information on grave violations committed against children in Pakistan extracted from the UN Secretary General s latest report on children and armed conflict According to the report children have consistently been victims of indiscriminate attacks in Pakistan and schools and school buses have been directly targeted by armed groups In an ominous precursor to last week s attack Tehrik i Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for a double attack on a government primary school in December 2011 reportedly acting in opposition to secular and girls education Similar language was used by the armed group this time around when they claimed responsibility for shooting Yousafzai and said they singled her out for her role in preaching secularism In fact the report counted 152 incidents last year of partial or complete destruction of school facilities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where Swat is located and the neighboring Federally Administered Tribal Areas It s not clear how many children and civilian deaths resulted from these attacks on educational facilities but 57 children were killed in an array of bombings shellings and targeted attacks over the course of the year The app s Legal Framework section shows which legislation establishes all children s right to an education and which sources make attacks on schools and school facilities during conflict illegal Relevant UN resolutions are displayed by topic and by number So what are the policy implications After just a few minutes spent tapping the smartphone screen it became clear that last week s shooting was a dramatic event in a systematic campaign against children and education in Pakistan s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/now-a-smartphone-app-for-influencing-policy/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Lyonpo Nandalal Rai at the signing event But what exactly is an IT park and how will it benefit Bhutan Creating its unique space It s the same concept as Singapore where the government provides liberal economic laws and ancillary features water sewerage electricity and fibre connectivity to attract foreign companies to operate within its borders said DIT consultant Kezang The IT component will generate employment opportunities In this case Bhutan is simply providing a developed country environment on five acres of land and advertising the office space Similar such zones also exist in India The first thing about an IT park is infrastructure explained the chief executive officer CEO of Assetz Michael Holland It will provide a high level of mechanical electrical data management and storage and cooling facilities An IT park will also enable IT and ITES information technology enabled services said Holland The IT component will generate employment opportunities while the ITES sector produces BPOs business process outsourcing and KPOs knowledge process outsourcing Bhutan is primarily targeting the ITES component Holland said ITES was about bringing international and local experts together for the exchange of knowledge Another factor which explains the inclusion of the word park is the inclusion of a natural environment for occupants Since the IT industry is fueled by innovation favourable environs are a must For this aspect Bhutan was perfect he said Global ambitions The park is also a special economic zone SEZ where economic laws are more liberal than the rest of the country For instance global IT companies that use the park will get a 15 year tax exemption 100 percent foreign equity ownership and other fiscal incentives We have certain advantages like our natural environment and political stability to attract foreign investors said DIT director Tenzin Chhoeda The director also said that major Indian IT companies are already supporting Bhutan in its endeavour We re quite confident he said The main structure has been designed to be environmentally friendly and incorporating traditional architectural characteristics There are currently no commitments from any IT companies to set up at Thimphu TechPark DIT director said BPO Genpact had expressed its willingness to move in immediately but the lack of a back up international internet connectivity line had prevented it Efforts to establish a second line through Gelephu by 2011 are underway Marketing of office space at the park will start shortly according to DIT consultant Kezang As another incentive for Thimphu TechPark the government has assured 20 occupancy by leasing 10 000 sft at USD 2m for 90 years the maximum potential duration of the lease Thimphu TechPark will pay the government Nu 217 800 annually for the land Non fiscal incentives like ancillary services are also being provided until the park perimeter at government expense Alternate routes Even then DIT officials say Bhutan s IT goals are not dependent on the success of Thimphu TechPark We ve other aspirations like e governance and a knowledge based society where everyone is networked said

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/bhutan-gets-its-first-it-park/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    against female foeticide has launched a new initiative to spread awareness among the medical fraternity against the social malaise Fight Back which was set up in 2008 has declared March 8 as the International Missing Women s Day to highlight the missing number of girl children who fall victims to foeticide while they are in the womb Image credits Google Images Female foeticide Estimates say that nearly two million girl children are victims of foeticide in rural and urban India every year Fight Back has brought 130 doctors on one platform to condemn female foeticide and to issue a pledge on March 8 that they will not abet illegal sex determination tests and aborting of female foetuses The pledge was posted on the site of the organisation on March 8 Female foeticide is one of India s most shameful secrets and is supported by a nexus of doctors and affluent people No one gets convicted no one is jailed and the efforts to curb it are mostly cosmetic It is rampant in progressive states like Punjab Haryana and in several heartland states Fight Back founder Zubin Driver creative head of Network 18 group said from Mumbai We are asking the Indian Medical Association to ban doctors who are found abetting female foeticide We may even make a small TVC television capsule for positive action We are planning a multi pronged approach and doctors play a central role in curbing the practice because the first thing a couple does is to go the general physician for consultation in times of pregnancies Driver said According to Driver the laws monitoring female foeticide and illegal sex determination tests were useless because people in India have a disregard for such laws Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 and the Pre Natal Diagnostic

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/online-drive-against-female-foeticide/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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