Govt to use latest technology for efficient delivery of services to masses: Asad Umar

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Sohail Majeed Butt

ISLAMABAD

Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umer has said the government is striving to ensure efficient delivery of services to the people by using the latest technology.

He was addressing at the inaugural session of the three-day conference titled Sustainable Development in a Digital Society organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here  on Tuesday.

Usad Umar pointed out that efforts have also been made to bridge the digital divide between the urban centers and the remote areas. In this regard, the Universal Service Fund has played an important role in development of telecommunication services in unserved and underserved areas of the country.

The Minister pointed out that revenue generation and documentation of economy has been a major challenge for the country and initiatives have been taken to use the technology to achieve this target.

Asad Umar said that promotion of digital economy is of extreme importance for Pakistan to move forward on the path of progress and development.

This year’s SDC is inspired by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and an era of digitalization which has changed how human beings interact in the era of rapid revolution in technologies. This Conference will look at the era of digital inclusivity as well as digital exclusivity and isolation, of being content creators as well as its consumers, of challenges to some and opportunities and privileges to others.

In this scenario, the speakers will discuss how to tackle the issues of sustainable development such as social justice, poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, water, energy, environment, gender equality, to trade, economy, commerce, investment, technology, etc.

Former Chairman Board of Investment Haroon Sharif said Pakistan should promote cooperation with China in the realm of technology.

In his remarks, Executive Director of SDPI Abid Qaiyum Sulheri stressed that Pakistan should be prepared to adopt the fourth industrial revolution, which offers both challenges and opportunities to Pakistan. Delegates from eighteen countries are attending the conference.

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