Adoption of information and communication technologies | Pakistan still needs to push the low ranks

Engineering Post Report

The turbulent global economic conditions  around the globe are making many countries to re-prioritize  their policies afresh  more aggressively towards technology adoption and innovation  for improving  productivity and living standards of their people.

New and emerging technologies such  as 5G, Industrial  Internet of Things(IIOT) and Artificial  Intelligence AI) and  Machine Learning (ML)  are at the forefront  of this new trend commonly known as 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). The rising trend  in availability of venture capital  is providing a boost  in adoption  of technology and innovation.

In this backdrop, according to the official sources concerned,  Pakistan also needs  to improve  its productivity growth and consequently  living standards of its people through harnessing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) innovations for creation of national wealth.

According to  the Global Competitiveness Report 2019, the sources said,  Pakistan still ranks very low at 110 even when compared to emerging and regional  economies e.g. UAE 25, Malaysia, 27, India 68, South Africa  60 Turkey 61, Brazil  71, Sri Lanka 84 and Bangladesh 105.

In spite of having a fairly  good skill set of graduates (rank 49) and a vibrant entrepreneurial  culture (rank 59), Pakistan still needs to push very strongly  on “Adoption of ICT” (rank 131 out of 141) through provision of content on internet in local languages and faster mobile broadband services throughout the country.

The sources further pointed out that challenges of  governance  across various sectors  impede development  and public  service delivery. In order to address multifarious challenges,  intervention through widespread  adoption of technology is a promising approach. As such , Digital Pakistan Initiative  launched recently  would help in  laying a strong foundation  in public service delivery.

Additionally, Pakistan also needs  to improve upon  its connectivity infrastructure, especially broadband access, as  well as make concerted efforts in  talent adaptability  to spur development of innovative products and services using ICTs, thus enabling inclusiveness  of all segments of the society, they added.