Ahsan Iqbal: Quantum Computing and Artificial Intelligence Critical for Pakistan’s Development

Ahsan Iqbal, the federal minister for planning, development, and special initiatives, stated on Tuesday that Pakistan must concentrate on artificial intelligence and quantum computing in order to get ready for the next era of the knowledge economy.

The minister stated that Pakistan needs top-notch human resources and inventive minds to find solutions for the upcoming era of technological disruptions while speaking as the Chief Guest at the seminar titled “Quantum Cryptography Insight” held at the National Science & Technology Park on the NUST Islamabad campus.

The minister praised NUST for organizing this industry-academic cooperation event, which also attracted participants from abroad, and emphasized the significance of artificial intelligence and quantum computing in the contemporary era of digital computing. He commended the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) in particular for its work in transforming Pakistan into a digital economy, bringing locally produced goods to market, and promoting Pakistan internationally.

He counseled the sector to make use of the National Centres of Technology established by his administration under Vision 2025, which are making great strides in applied research and development as well as product creation and HR training.

He emphasized the significance of staying current with trends in order to compete in the global market. The minister referred to the illustrious past of Muslim nations where knowledge and education flourished and noted the Holy Quran’s inspiration for these advancements.

The planning minister pledged his support for further development of the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), which is already ranked as Pakistan’s top university in the prestigious QS Global rankings, and expressed his determination to make Pakistan’s Universities of Engineering and Technology (UETs) a global brand.

He also described his plans to establish three new National Centres of Excellence with an emphasis on manufacturing, nanotechnology, and quantum computing to advance Pakistan in the quickly developing field of technology.