ISLAMABAD; Artificial Intelligence (AI) was poised to unleash the next wave of digital disruption, as already seen in real-life benefits for early adopting firms, making it more urgent than ever for all to accelerate their digital transformations, said President Dr. Arif Alvi, in a meeting with a delegation, consisting of Dr. Atta ur Rehman and Secretary, Information Technology & Telecom, Shoaib Siddiqui, led by Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecom, Mr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Wednesday. Socio-economic development was deeply linked with the advancements in IT sector, making it all the more important for a developing country like Pakistan, he added.
The President said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) promised benefits as well as posed urgent challenges that cut across firms, developers, governments, and workers. We must, therefore, prepare ourselves to reap the benefits of AI and minimize its perils, he advised. There was also need to grapple with emerging ethical, legal and regulatory challenges that could otherwise holdback AI, he added.
The President also said that incorporating IT was of paramount importance for sustainable economic development of a country in today’s tech-driven world. Knowledge-economy was a pre-requisite to the comprehensive development of Pakistan, he added, for which we must provide distant learning to our populace who could not afford formal education and ensure its high quality.
Outgoing Ambassador of Tunisia pays farewell call on President Dr. Arif Alvi
Pakistan highly valued its close relations of friendship with Tunisia, based on shared faith, culture and heritage, said President Dr. Arif Alvi, while talking to the Outgoing Ambassador of Tunisia, Mr. Adel Elarbi, who paid farewell call on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad today. Pakistan and Tunisia have common interests on various international issues, which is reflected in their common stance at international fora, he added.
The President stated that despite political goodwill and closeness, the bilateral trade was not commensurate to the true potential. He highlighted that Pakistan, through its deep-sea port at Gwadar and CPEC routes, provided a unique opportunity for Tunisia to expand its trade links with the Central Asian states and China.
The President congratulated him on successful completion of his tenure in Pakistan and appreciated his efforts for enhancing the relations between the two countries.
The Ambassador thanked the Government and people of Pakistan for their hospitality and making his stay in Pakistan pleasant.