Alvi lays stress on digital transformation

Says govt is making efforts to improve environment for innovation through different start-ups

APP December 18, 2019
President Arif Alvi. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, robotics and Internet of Things (IoTs) are poised to unleash the next wave of digital disruption and industrial sectors should prepare for it, said President Arif Alvi.

Chairing a meeting of the Taskforce on Emerging Technologies at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday, he said that the dynamically evolving Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) were playing a key role towards digital transformation and had crossed sectoral significance in terms of the fourth industrial revolution.

The meeting was also attended by Information Technology and Telecommunication Minister Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and various IT experts from across the country, stated a press release issued by the President’s media office.

The president highlighted that digitally-enabled transformation had many components, one of which was to continue to invest in the development of important key digital enablers like digital identity, shared data services, shared business processes, technology centres, etc and provide incentives for their use across the public sector. “Therefore, building an innovative ecosystem was also an essential ingredient,” he added.

The president pointed out that the government was already making efforts to enhance the environment of innovation through different start-ups in emerging technologies.

Alvi added that the next decade in Pakistan would be the decade of ICT revolution based on a futuristic telecom infrastructure, for which Pakistan must have necessary ingredients ie the infrastructure and a population willing to adapt to new technologies.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2019.

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