The recent cyberattacks and threats have prompted the government to take stern action. The federal government is now working towards launching Pakistan’s first-ever National Artificial Intelligence Policy, which the industry experts believe would help secure mainly the digital banking system.
National Artificial Intelligence Policy is the need of the hour
Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Syed Aminul Haq shared the latest development while addressing a conference titled BlockChain. He said, “Cybersecurity is the first important pillar of Digital Policy 2021 of IT Ministry. The digital transformation of Pakistan corresponds with Cybersecurity. Pakistan’s first cybersecurity policy was approved by the federal cabinet this year. And now the government is fully committed to introducing national Artificial Intelligence policy soon.”
The IT minister added that the Federal cabinet has already approved Pakistan’s first cyber security policy. IT Ministry had been on the path of landmark steps to make Pakistan digital, he said, adding the Federal Cabinet had already been made paperless by shifting work to tablets and android cell phones. The governance of Parliament would also be made paperless by this government. He emphasized that the close cooperation of academia, industry, and IT Ministry is helping to introduce emerging technologies in Pakistan.
The significance of AI reforms
The development of AI policy has already become a concern of paramount importance for many countries in the last few years. The Russian president Vladimir Putin has already predicted that whichever country leads the way in AI research will dominate global affairs. It is expected that China will become the worldwide leader of AI research by 2030 by having almost half of the total AI contribution to the world GDP.
Haque mentioned that the IT ministry is committed to equipping the 60 percent young population of Pakistan with IT expertise by providing 3G and 4G services, especially in the remotest areas of Pakistan. He said his ministry is ready to work with industries and academia through trilateral agreements and bring the recommendations of a committee on data protection, cyber security, and collaborative modus operandi before the cabinet.
Source: Pro Pakistani