ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has emphasized the need for investing in the field of Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI), adding that data and information were the new gold of the 21st century.
while addressing the concluding session of the Global Digital Summit organized by the CxO Digital Forum, in Islamabad on Thursday, the president said that the field of ICT was evolving at a rapid pace and Pakistan and its decision-makers needed to make the right decisions promptly for developing and promoting the IT sector in Pakistan.
The CEO of CxO Digital Forum Kanwal Masroor and the CEO of Meditech USA Michelle O’Connor also addressed the occasion.
The event was attended by representatives of the IT industry and IT professionals.
Islamabad: President Dr. Arif Alvi addressing the concluding session of the Global Digital Summit
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In his address, President Arif Alvi said that Pakistan needed to enhance its exports for overcoming economic challenges and that the IT sector had the potential to deliver fast-paced growth in exports within a relatively short period.
The president said that Digital Health had gained greater significance in the present age, adding that it was important that we focus on the use of AI for reducing human misery and handling health issues. He said that the advancements in AI and image and pattern recognition software could help in the better diagnosis of different diseases.
Dr. Arif Alvi stated that telehealth, online pharmacies, online Labs, practice management software, and wearables had not only made healthcare accessible for us all at the palm of our hands but also generated economic avenues for the business community in Pakistan.
The president called for the promotion and growth of the Digital Health Ecosystem in Pakistan.
While lauding the idea of the Global Digital Summit, the president urged the IT experts to provide their input to the government for making policies with regard to digital and telehealth platforms for the Country, adding that the private sector needed to campaign and become a proactive partner for the implementation of these policies.
The president said that 60% of the population of the Country had limited access to better healthcare facilities and that the proper use of digital health could reduce costs, improve efficiency, increase consumer engagement and enhance patient care.
The president said that 24% of the Country’s population suffered from some kind of mental stress and that there were a limited number of mental health professionals to treat such issues.
President Dr. Arif Alvi said that telehealth services and AI-based chatbots could help provide mental health counseling services to a greater number of people.
The president said that it was deplorable that Pakistan was lagging behind even in imparting primary education to its children as the statistics showed that only 68% of Pakistani children were enrolled in Primary Schools whereas India had achieved 100% primary education for its children.
Arif Alvi said that in addition to focusing on traditional and brick-and-mortar education system, Pakistan needed to focus on imparting education and skills through online and hybrid modes of learning. He added that the COVID-19 pandemic had increased the acceptance of online education in Pakistan.
The president said 2.4 million people from different academic backgrounds had benefitted from the Prime Minister’s Digital Skills program, digiskills, adding that such programs could be replicated to provide critical and marketable digital skills to the youth and women of the Country.
The CEO of CxO Kanwal Masroor said that Pakistan needed to build platforms and opportunities in the digital space to utilize the youth bulge and its potential.
Kanwal Masroor said that Pakistan was the 4th largest freelancer market in the world.
Earlier, President Arif Alvi also distributed shields among the top-performing IT companies working in Pakistan.