Published Date: Feb 28, 2012
SEMINAR ON ?ICTS FOR ALL: PAKISTAN VISION-2015″ TODAY
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) will organize a seminar on “ICTs for ALL: Pakistan Vision-2015″ here on Monday.
Ammar Jaffri, Former Additional Director General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and renowned ICT Professional will be keynote speaker while Brig (Retd.) Mohammad Yasin, SDPI Senior Advisor, Center for Capacity Building (CCB) and Study Group on Information Technology and Telecommunication will chair it.
SDPI said on Friday that the last decade has seen information and communication technologies (ICT) dramatically transforming the world, enabling innovation and productivity increases, connecting people and communities, and improving standards of living as well as opportunities across the globe. While changing the way individuals live, interact, and work, ICT has also proven to be a key precondition for enhanced competitiveness and economic and societal modernization, as well as an important instrument for bridging economic and social divides and reducing poverty.
The extraordinary achievements of ICT has made it possible to look forward and imagine the next transformations enabled by ICT-transformations 2.0. The pace of technological advance is accelerating and ICT is increasingly becoming a ubiquitous and intrinsic part of people’s behaviours and social networks as well as of business practices and government functioning and services, it said.
Although, it said Pakistan has achieved some tangible progress in the areas of teledensity, internet growth, computer and mobile phone usage etc but still it remains far behind the international standards in understanding and implementing ICTs for development in the areas such as health, education, agriculture, and national integration. While world has moved from E-Government to Mobile Government and from ICT for development to ICT-enabled transformations like Internet banking, Building communities around digital highways, ICT’s growing impact on poverty reduction, ICT for an effective social strategy, Localization 2.0 etc, Pakistan has not been able to effectively use ICT in development projects involving huge public money despite being part of a number of international initiatives such as MDGs, WSIS and others .
ICTs also have built-in capacities to enable the developing societies to bridge the development gap on a fast track pace. During the recent years, a number of developing countries have shown remarkable pace of progress using the vehicle of ICT4D. Pakistan has a huge potential and can still take advantage of ICT revolution in development process if it makes a road map about the use of ICTs for all in the areas of education, health, agriculture and governance, said SDPI.
It said Pakistan, today, remains at a crossroads but can still recover from the damage done in past due to its slow progress on this very important aspect in development. The country can catch up with developing world if some best international practices of using ICTs for Development (ICT4D) are applied under a joint action campaign by all relevant stakeholders.