Top Level Committee Formed to Make Pakistan Digital

The government of Pakistan has formed a committee to work on emerging technologies and promote the growth of the IT sector.

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Top Level Committee Formed to Make Pakistan Digital

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The government of Pakistan has formed a committee to work on emerging technologies and promote the growth of the IT sector. This committee will be responsible for the to-do-list of “Digital Pakistan”. “Digital Pakistan” is a campaign that Prime Minister launched a few days ago.

This top level committee comprises of members from both the private and public sectors. President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi is going to be the Chief Patron of the committee. Minister for IT and Telecom, Dr. Khalid Maqbool will be the chairperson of the committee.

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The committee will work in the following areas of the IT sector:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Cloud Computing and Networking
  • Blockchain, Distributed Ledger, Cryptocurrencies and Digital Payments
  • Software
  • Silicon Chip Design and Manufacturing
  • Broadband and Internet of Things
  • Digitalization of Government, including digital identification machines and voting technology
  • Cyber tools and apps particularly in education, health, population planning, biotechnology, e-commerce, e-education, and e-tourism
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Cyber Security
  • Data ownership, data security, and legislation
  • Any other matters connected to emerging technologies

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It’s yet unclear if this committee is going to do the policy making only or if it will oversee the implementation of all the above-mentioned projects as well.

In addition to President of Pakistan and Minister of IT and Telecom, other members of the committee include:

  • President of Pakistan – Chief Patron
  • Federal Minister of IT and Telecom – Chairperson
  • Federal Secretary, MoIT – Member / Secretary
  • Members:
    • Provincial Secretary, Punjab
    • Director General (Technical), ISI
    • Provincial Secretary, Sindh
    • CEO NITB
    • Provincial Secretary, KPK
    • Tania Aidrus
    • Provincial Secretary, GB
    • Prof. Saad Ahmad Qazi
    • Provincial Secretary, Balochistan
    • Mr. Ayub Khan
    • Provincial Secretary, AJK
    • Mr. Azhar Zia Ur Rehman
    • Mr. Azhar Rizvi
    • Mr. Salman Ansari
    • Mr. Shahzad Shahid
    • Mr. Asif Peer
    • Mr. Khursheed Shah
    • Mr. Suleman Mehdi
    • Mr. Naeem Ashraf Rana
    • Mr. Hassan Syed
    • Syed. Feroze Shah
    • Dr. Ali Ahmed
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