According to Syed Amin Ul Haque, the federal minister for information technology and telecommunication, Pakistan would like to expand its strategic partnership with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and seek its cooperation in the development of emerging technologies in the country.
On Monday, Ambassador Askar Musinov, Assistant Secretary-General for Science and Technology at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), brought a delegation of the organization to meet with the minister.
As part of the meeting, Pakistan and the OIC discussed a variety of issues of mutual interest and cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT).
A statement by Pakistan’s Information Technology Minister during the meeting with the delegation indicated that Pakistan would like to seek cooperation with the OIC in emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, internet of things, big data, cloud services, and robotics.
Taking into consideration the development of a digital economy and the acceleration of the digital transformation in member states, he said that it is highly commendable for the OIC to facilitate joint efforts in this area.
During the meeting, Haque said that Pakistan is investing heavily in developing a knowledge-based economy, and employing inclusive, inexpensive, and sustainable technologies in order to create a digitally empowered society.
It was noted by the minister that ICT is an important part of Pakistan’s development and economic growth, and that the government is working closely with the ICT sector in order to implement policies that will energize both technology exports as well as the adoption of domestic technologies.
The Kearney Global Services Location Index for 2021 indicated that Pakistan ranked second in the world as the most financially attractive location for offshore outsourcing services. According to the study, Pakistan ranked second as the second most financially attractive country.
During the meeting, he highlighted Pakistan’s desire to continue strengthening its strategic partnership with the OIC and sought the OIC’s cooperation in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things, big data, cloud services, and robotics.
A delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) lauded the government of Pakistan for its efforts in developing the IT and telecom sectors in the country.