Acting IT Minister and Google VP Reach Agreement for Joint AI Technology Collaboration in Pakistan

In recent developments at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Caretaker IT Minister Dr. Umar Saif engaged in significant sideline meetings to promote the “Digital Pakistan” brand on the global stage. During his visit to Google House, Dr. Saif had a detailed discussion with Vice President Behshad Behzadi on generative AI technology, expressing optimism about bilateral cooperation with Google for the effective use of artificial intelligence in Pakistan.

 

Dr. Saif announced several collaborative projects between the Ministry of IT and Google aimed at leveraging their strengths for the benefit of Pakistan. The focus is on comprehensive cooperation in information and communication technology at both public and private levels. Dr. Saif emphasized Pakistan’s potential to become a ‘digital hub,’ showcasing the country’s talent in freelancing, skill development, and e-commerce on the global stage.

 

The Minister also engaged in discussions with representatives from international organizations, highlighting the progress expected in the Pakistan Startups Fund and shared cloud services among member countries within the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO). Dr. Saif expressed commitment to promoting artificial intelligence and digital infrastructure within DCO countries.

 

Additionally, bilateral cooperation discussions took place with Qatar’s Minister of Communications and IT Muhammad Bin Ali, and Rwanda’s Minister of Communications, Paula Ingabire, addressing mutual interests in the field. Dr. Saif conveyed to international organizations that Pakistan is poised to become a digital hub in the near future, emphasizing the global recognition of Pakistani talent in various technological domains.

 

These collaborations and discussions underscore Pakistan’s commitment to advancing its position in the digital landscape and fostering international partnerships in technology and innovation.