World Bank calls for regulatory reforms to improve climate resilience

According to the latest reports, the World Bank has been advocating regulatory and investment reforms to improve the climate resilience of Pakistan’s telecom and data infrastructure.

World Bank says climate resilience needs to be improved

Official World Bank documents clearly state that the 2022 monsoon floods have created vulnerabilities in Pakistan’s connectivity infrastructure. There is no doubt that the seasonal recurrence of the monsoon poses a looming threat to data and connectivity infrastructure. Thus, there is an urgent need to improve critical connectivity infrastructure across the country. In addition, a framework for the telecom sector needs to be developed to better respond to climate-induced disasters.

We all know that our country has relatively strong national identification and payment systems. Despite their availability, the lack of interoperability frameworks and mechanisms has limited the capacity of both government and non-governmental actors to exchange data securely and seamlessly. In addition, there is a need for a number of key registries that are important to provide useful information to refine targeting. The point to note here is that Investments will help to unlock the power of data, not only to strengthen crisis response, but also to develop high quality and more innovative, efficient and resilient services.

The World Bank further elaborated that federal and provincial government agencies now have limited offerings of digital services, which vary in maturity and even lack essential elements, including:

  • interoperability
  • security by design
  • login once
  • systematic integration with NADRA’s identity database
  • limited integration between federal and provincial computer systems
  • lack of verifiable credentials

There should be rules mandating technology and supplier neutrality so that they can ensure interoperability and common standards for digital government systems and infrastructure. In addition, regulatory reforms and investments should establish clear institutional responsibilities, mandates, accountability and enforcement powers. Clear legal mandates are required to ensure that public services are delivered in a consistent manner across government. Personal data must also be collected in a transparent manner.

The Bank further emphasized the need for a comprehensive inventory activity to map the full inventory of all registrations, licenses, certifications and other permits (RLCOs) at all levels of government. They are necessary to enable the digital delivery of services to companies. Undoubtedly, the inventory will make it possible to identify regulatory gaps and inconsistencies for companies and also develop a roadmap to serve companies more efficiently.

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Amir Hussain

Amir Hussain is the founder of Freemium World, a geek by nature and a professional Blog writer . I love to write about new technology trends, social media, hacking, blogging and much more.

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