ISLAMABAD : An MoU between Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) & Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) for data center hosting facility was signed by Minister of State for IT & Telecom Anusha Rahman and President PTCL Waleed Irshad here Thursday.  This MoU will enable the MoIT to host E-Governance Software applications at PTCL data center, free of cost, for a period of fifteen (15) months. It is important to mention that PSDP project Titled “Federal Government Data Center & Internet” was approved through ECNEC in July, 2004.

However, Electronic Government Directorate (EGD) has remained unable to deploy data center to date.

During the MoU signing ceremony, Waleed Irshad said that GoP is in the process of implementation of E-Governance program across the country so PTCL fully support the E-Governance initiative and PTCL considers it as an honor and mandate to support GoP, especially for the provision of hosting of E-Governance applications at PTCL tier-3 Data Center.

The Minister of the state for IT appreciated PTCL for its support and voluntarily provision of Date Center facility to host E-Governance applications. The minister further added that E-Governance will definitely play a significant role in bringing less paper environment, efficiency, transparency and good governance in the government.