ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday urged young people to make the most of the global information technology market, which could contribute to the overall development and prosperity of Pakistan.
âThere are billions of opportunities to develop smart applications. Pakistan is on the stepping stone. Pakistan is changing. The world is the computer market [information technology] gadgets, âhe told an international webinar titledâ Current Aspects of Entrepreneurship in the Digital World âhosted by the Joint Cultural Society for Communities Collaboration.
The President said, âYoung people can take advantage of existing and innovative opportunities in information and technology and access the ever-expanding global IT market with enormous prospects for progress and prosperity.
He said that huge, exponential and quantum changes were taking place in the field of information and technology across the world, which heralded bright prospects for young people in Pakistan to excel.
1.6 million people have taken the next step thanks to the Digi skills initiative
The webinar was held to discuss visions and trends in the digital world and the role of young people in the face of the latest changes in artificial intelligence. People from different parts of the world attended the webinar.
Dr Alvi said mega revolutions were underway in four key areas: first in computing, data processing and artificial intelligence analysis; second, in the energy sector and these were linked
with biology; and finally in 3D manufacturing, including virtual reality, blockchain, internet data, mobile computing, internet and social media.
He said the government has developed human resources for the tech world in search of trained youth.
“Thanks to the Digi skills initiative, around 1.6 million people took the next step out of a total of 2.4 million who applied,” he added.
In addition, the president said, the Higher Education Commission also offers free courses.
He urged people to learn how to develop smart software and applications, as global virtual capital or physical businesses are also looking to invest in startups and smart app developers.
Referring to the technological divide created due to the immense wonders happening in the computer field, he said that information is the means by which people of the world make progress.
“The young population of Pakistan could access the world of global information after developing skills in the relevant field,” he added.
Dr Alvi said that for women’s empowerment, the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority, together with Facebook / Meta, has trained 3,000 women to enter the world and plans to train 100 000 other women.
He expressed confidence that young people would prepare for the rapid IT changes happening in the world and bring laurels to the country, in addition to obtaining income opportunities.
Later, President Alvi called and offered his condolences to the brother of Naveed Iqbal, deputy deputy police inspector in Islamabad who, along with his family, had been stranded in the snow in Murree and died on Saturday.
He expressed his grief and sorrow at the death of the eight family members and prayed to Allah to rest the deceased souls in eternal peace and to grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with strength.
Posted in Dawn, le 10 January 2022