Posted 21 August 2007 - 02:33 PM
51. If any IT company is generating power for its own use, it should be provided the same subsidy that is currently provided on alternative energy.
52. Government websites should be developed in collaboration with the private sector for the promotion of Nepali IT industry internationally. Nepalese websites should be promoted.
53. Human resource export organisations should be created for export of IT manpower.
54. IT enabled services should be classified as IT services.
55. Local software should be encouraged by law in all government and donor agency funded projects even if it is 15 per cent more expensive. Every foreign ICT company should be required to either establish a local office or tie up with a local partner to bid for supply or work in Nepal .
56. Private ICT Parks should be encouraged and facilities provided.
57. Vidyarthi computer scheme, Shikshyak computer scheme and Pathsala computer scheme should be initiated with micro-credit funding in partnership with the banks.
58. Computers and internet should be made available in EVERY school, college and hospital by 2008-end.
59. Distance education should be promoted for IT at ALL higher education institutions.
60. Initiate an ICT national development volunteer service under which the ICT engineers are required to go and volunteer their time in rural telecentres and government schools for a couple of months.
61. For promoting digital literacy, National Council for IT Education should be formed and Teach the Teachers programme should be launched.
62. IT course module should be made COMPULSORY in all degree level courses.
63. Nepali IT universities should establish sister IT relationship with foreign universities.
64. Specific courses should be launched to upgrade capacity within the country for Project Management and Software Marketing.
65. SMART school concept should be introduced on a pilot basis.
66. Institute of Computer Professionals should be set up to accredit IT training institutes if CTEVT is not willing to take on this responsibility.
67. Security knowledge in Armed and Police Forces should be IT upgraded. Knowledge on IPR issues should to be made more rampant in local police stations.
68. Virtual institutes should be encouraged for distance education.
69. Upon retirement, the government personnel should be re-used to propagate ICT in rural sectors.
70. Set up National Qualification Framework and an Educational Credit Bank. Double check fake certifications and verify all kinds of certificates being issued at the moment.
71. Digital Libraries Project should be started. Digitise all the knowledge that we have so that it can be made accessible to a wider audience online.
72. Those districts which have achieved high literacy should now target to achieve computer literacy.
73. Special focus should be on developing IT in previously under-developed areas --- primary focus to Far Western Region.
74. Encourage value added services e.g. ATM, kiosks, smart cards -- One stop non-stop concept.
75. A system for registration of rural telecentres should be developed so that coordination of the same can be achieved.
76. Launch a campaign for IT in the local language. (Ninety+ national languages recognised in the proposed interim constitution.) Skills need to be taught to each community to create solutions for their own language in ICT.
77. Launch demonstration projects to highlight use of IT in agriculture and integrated rural development. Go for wired village concept.
78. Target to propagate IT in rural areas through backbone expansion. Use existing cable TV network for Internet especially for peri-urban areas.
79. Follow a time bound programme in imports and exports (especially at he Tribhuvan International Airport ) to use EDI and electronic commerce.
80. Make bar coding of each and every item sold in the country COMPULSORY within five years. (VAT collection could go up substantially !)
81. Every government information should be made automatically available to the public, for transparency.
82. Make available online all the information of all government data collecting agencies (such as, in case of municipalities, birth, marriage, death certification, passport, citizenship, land ownership document, drivers license, etc.)
83. Citizen's charter for transparent government should be framed and initiated for every government department and office and it should be made available online.
84. There should be 5-year IT Plan by each and every development region in sync with the national 5-year ICT plans, which in turn should be in sync with the 5-year plan of each and every government department.
85. Five percent of each ministry's budget should be compulsorily spent on IT products and services, skills, etc.
86. Bulk contracts should be awarded for IT so as to lower costs. Concepts like bolpatra.com to be better utilised to ensure higher usage and transparency in tender bidding processes.
87. IT Park should be handed over to a private sector company on long-term lease.
88. Amend the labour law making it more ICT friendly (i.e. non union and non strikeable).
89. All government data should be made available over intranet between government departments and through Internet to the public.
90. Arrange for IT intervention in all eight of United Nation's Millennium Development Goals.
91. Create computerised national inventory of training and best practices for electronic access.
92. Create computerised national inventory of all the job descriptions of ICT industry for electronic access to enable employees to gain better insights on their career in ICT.
93. IT literacy should be made ESSENTIAL for future employment in the government.
94. National Institute of Smart Government should be set up and all senior government officials should be trained in it for capacity building if the Staff College is not willing to take this responsibility.
95. ICT should be factored into all departments of Public Administration.
96. Government floor space and ICT infrastructure un-utilised during non-office hours should be allowed to be used by private sector IT trainers in return for free seats for government personnel.
97. Interconnectivity gateways should be set up in all the five development regions and they should be interconnected with NPIX in Kathmandu .
98. IT ambassadors should be appointed in most of the big customer countries of ICT.
99. Special awards and recognitions should be provided to ICT companies that make an IPO and those with offices outside the country.
100. Annual ITIP (IT Important Person) recognition should be instituted in line with the Commercially Important Person to be given to the highest foreign currency earning company in ICT exports.
101. Nepal government's seal of approval (purely accreditation and not quality) should be provided to any Nepali IT packaged solutions.
102. Paper records should be kept for a MAXIMUM of TWO months only after which only electronic records should be kept.
103. Adopt the concept of tele-everything: banking, medicine, education, library, documents, transfer, e-commerce, tele-centre.
104. Create national standards on ICT and harmonise these with international standards at the same time to promote and police national standards usage and abuse when required.
105. Give a three-month time limit for follow-up measures on above to all government institutions.
(Tuladhar is CEO of Unlimited NuMedia)
Source : Business age Magazine.