Digital Future of Pakistan – What to Expect?

Pakistan did not evolve too much in the digital revolution despite spending more than two decades on online access. Pakistan is still at the very beginning of the revolution in the digital world. Place of modems has been taken up by broadband and complete transformation in the field of IT has occurred. New developments in IT have transformed the methods of doing tasks and assignments. So, it is a sad reality that Pakistan is lacking in availing of the opportunities given by ICT.

Furthermore, Pakistan holds the 110th position on the World Economic Forum’s Technology Readiness Index. This position is a big shame for Pakistan because even conflicted regions of the world stand a better position on the said index than Pakistan.

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What are the core reasons for our slow process in the digital revolution? Who is there on the fault? This question is too much to try and complex. As we all are aware of the fact that dream of digitalizing Pakistan is solely wishful thinking unless and until all stakeholders play their decisive and constructive role. If we ask the same question from the country’s largest telecommunication company, Jazz, achieving complete digital Pakistan is merely a dream with the required support of all stakeholders. Dream of digitalizing Pakistan completely is a dream which cannot be achieved by anyone or single-player of the IT field. So, jazz is continuously insisting policymakers provide the infrastructure to connect the people of Pakistan in a better and efficient manner.

Unfortunately, previous governments did not pay remarkable attention to the digitalization of Pakistan. Despite the fact, the development in the IT age will directly benefit the government process and will improve transparency.

However, the sigh of relief for the IT sector is that Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched a program “Digital Pakistan” recently. The core purpose of this program to lead Pakistan into a digital revolution and extract greater benefits for the public. Imran Khan invited Ex-Director of Google, Tania Aidrus to lead the program “Digital Pakistan”. Tania Aidrus proposed mainly five strategic pillars of the program which include the following,

  1. Access and Connectivity
  2. Digital Infrastructure
  3. E-government
  4. Digital Skilling and Literacy
  5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This program is a milestone in taking Pakistan to the IT and digital world. Furthermore, this program will play a vital role in creating the digital ecosystem in Pakistan.


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