KARACHI – Digital transformation will help Pakistan unlock as much as Rs.9.7 trillion (59.7 Billion USD) in annual financial worth by 2030, equal to about 19% of the nation’s GDP in 2020, in response to a brand new report commissioned by Google.
The report — launched at a latest Google / P@SHA on-line occasion, “Unlocking Pakistan’s Digital Potential” – finds that Pakistan has a thriving know-how sector. The nation is house to greater than 300,000 IT professionals, produces over 25,000 IT graduates yearly, and has nurtured over 700 tech start-ups since 2010. Expertise exports have grown 15% per 12 months since 2020 and are anticipated to achieve USD3.5 billion(Rs. 610,750,000,000) in 2022. Pakistan’s on-line inhabitants has grown quickly and the web penetration charge is reaching 54% in 2021.
Regardless of these many achievements, Pakistan can go additional in its digital transformation journey. The report, ready by economists at AlphaBeta, identifies three fundamental pillars of motion Pakistan might take to achieve the projected progress alternative. This contains creating infrastructure to help the native tech ecosystem, persevering with to create a conducive surroundings for IT export, and selling innovation and digital abilities within the nation.
There are eight key applied sciences that maintain transformative potential for companies and staff and may create important financial worth for Pakistan. These embody the cell web; cloud computing; massive information; AI; fintech; IoT and distant sensing; superior robotics; and additive manufacturing.
Farhan Qureshi, Regional Director, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Google, believes that regardless of the setbacks attributable to the pandemic, the long run for Pakistan’s digital economic system is shiny.
“Digital transformation is vital for Pakistan to address the long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and build long-term resilience and growth. At Google, we aim to play our part by equipping Pakistanis with helpful products and tools, tech know-how, and online safety skills. Going forward, we will continue working with partners like P@SHA and the various government agencies to help fulfill the Digital Pakistan Vision” stated the nation Director.
His Excellency Dr. ArifAlvi, President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan added “I was encouraged to see AlphaBeta’s finding that digital transformation could create Rs. 9.7 trillion in annual economic value in Pakistan by 2030. Realizing this goal and the vision of Digital Pakistan will require a whole-of-nation approach, from both the public and private sectors. The efforts of groups like Google and P@SHA will be key. It is heartening to note that, according to AlphaBeta’s report, over 410,000 jobs are supported in Pakistan’s economy through the use of Google’s products.”
BadarKhushnood, Chairman Pakistan Software program Homes Affiliation (P@SHA) for IT & IT-enabled Providers (ITeS) additionally shared, “P@SHA represents hundreds of know-how corporations and has been on the fore-front of the #DigitalPakistan revolution. Our trade has seen record-breaking progress over the previous few years and we try to take it to the subsequent stage. P@SHA envisions to unleash the potential of IT and ITeS trade in Pakistan from all views! To remain true to our imaginative and prescient, we concentrate on main the trade narrative. From coverage advocacy to ecosystem enablement and in-depth analysis and insights, P@SHA interventions have had a major influence over the past twenty years.
P@SHA continues to work carefully with related private and non-private sector stakeholders to not solely speed up progress in software program and companies exports but additionally fast-track digital transformation in home sectors of the economic system as nicely. Google and P@SHA’s relationship continues to develop and we stay up for additional strengthening this win-win synergy for Pakistan’s brighter and extra vibrant digital ecosystem.”
KrinzaMomin, Former GDSC Lead & Jr. Information Scientist at Afiniti who additionally joined the occasion to share about Pakistan developer group additionally shared “With the efforts that Google is plugging in for Pakistan, I am glad that we have platforms such as Google Developer Student Clubs, Google Developer Groups, Women Techmakers and Google Developer Experts to be a part of. These programs enabled me and many others to have conversations with industry experts in Pakistan and worldwide which also created global avenues for us to learn from. Pakistan can truly position itself around startups and innovation to fuel economic prosperity and efforts like this event by P@SHA and Google make the destination one step closer”.
Qureshi continued, “In order to be effective, digital transformation has to be inclusive. It is essential to make digital training opportunities accessible also to underrepresented communities and vulnerable groups. We recently launched a pilot program with the National Rural Support Programme to equip more Pakistanis with online safety skills and digital literacy and reached more than 1,000 students in just two months. Our Grow with Google programme has trained over 5,500 SMEs on how to leverage digital tools to support the development of a digitally skilled workforce.”