Progress in Pakistan doable only through ICTs
STAFF REPORT IBD: The adoption of ICT technologies into development process and governance can dramatically bridge the widening development gap on a fast track pace. However, the country has failed to turn the opportunity of exceptional technological advancement into socio-economic development in the society.
“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,” Ammar Jaffri, renowned ICT expert and former Additional DG FIA, said this at a recently held seminar on ICTs for all: Pakistan Vision-2015 organized by SDPI.
He termed ICTs as an important instrument for bridging economic and social divides and reducing poverty provided that right policy measures and enabling environment are in place.
He, however, was of the view that Pakistan has not been able to effectively use ICT for development despite achieving exceptional progress in the areas of teledensity, internet growth, computer and mobile phone usage.
In his remarks, Brig (Retd.) M. Yasin, SDPI Senior Advisor, Center for Capacity-Building and Study Group on ICT, said that Pakistan make progress through the Pakistan vision 2015 for ICT growth.