Strategic roadmap being developed fot IT infrastructure

The government is designing a strategic roadmap for the development of IT based services and telecommunication in the country to keep up with the digital age. The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the world, ushering in an era of digitalisation all across the world. The requirement of technologies like 5G have become a necessity for everyone.

Digital Pakistan is an effort by the government that aims to enhance connectivity, improve digital infrastructure, increase investment in digital skills, promote innovation, and technology entrepreneurship.

During a recent virtual meeting of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) which was attended by all seven founder member countries, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Oman, and Saudi Arabia including Pakistan, the role of IT based services was highlighted. The meeting was also joined by Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, assistant secretary general for policy coordination and inter-agency affairs of UN, Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque. The Government of Pakistan strongly believes in mass adoption of emerging digital technologies and innovative applications to enable cross-sector socio-economic development and transformation of economic activities, governance models, social interaction, and achievement of sustainable development goals.

During the fiscal year 2020-21, Pakistan’s IT exports increased 47.4 percent and crossed the $2 billion mark for the first time in the country’s history. The World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked Pakistan among the best countries in terms of the affordability of ICT services, while according to the latest ILO report, Pakistan has been the 2nd largest supplier of online labor in software development and technology.