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Public-private venture: Aiwan-e-Sadar to host digital government summit on August 9

As Pakistan is digitally transforming, introducing the right cloud platform at the right time is essential for public-private partnership to grow, innovate and succeed. Tech Valley CEO Umar Farooq

Islamabad: To showcase the progress that has been made so far in digitizing different sectors of economy, Aiwan-e-Sadar will host the first of its kind of Digital Government Summit on August 9 this month.

The Ministry of IT and Telecom is organizing the summit in collaboration with Tech Valley, Abbottabad.

The focus of the digital summit is on innovative technologies transforming the public sector powered by Google.

It is to mention here that Tech Valley, a strategic partner on digital transformation with the Ministry of IT, has been working on bridging the gap between the government and the big tech giants since 2015.

The purpose of this summit is to showcase the progress that has been made so far in digitizing different sectors of Pakistan’s economy, using innovative and emerging tools and technologies offered by Google.

The global pandemic made digital imperative to the delivery of public services, with many large-scale digital innovations rolled out at unprecedented speed—laying the foundation for future digital government, said the curtain raiser issued by Tech Valley Abbottabad on Thursday.

Prior to the pandemic, governments around the world had been making digital advances, although at an uneven pace while some had made significant progress, others were still in the early stages of digital transformation, it stated.

The risk of being “less than perfect” was slowing the transition to digital in many jurisdictions. And Pakistan was no exception.

As Pakistan is digitally transforming in every sector of the economy at a fast pace, introducing the right cloud platform at the right time is essential for public-private partnership of all sizes to grow, innovate and succeed, said Tech Valley Umar Farooq.

President Dr Arif Alvi is expected to share his thoughts on how emerging technologies will be deciding the future of tomorrow’s government.

Federal Minister of Railways Azam Swati will share his vision on the role of digitization and the future of railways, whereas Federal Minister of Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood will enlighten the audience on the collaborative effectors made by Tech Valley and Google in modernizing the education sector of Pakistan.

Minister of IT & Telecom Aminul Haq will share his vision of digitally enabled Pakistan contributing toward the economic growth and knowledge economy.

Tech Valley CEO Umar Farooq will share his experience of creating synergies between the public and private sector for a collaborative transformation drive that Tech Valley is leading nationwide.
Moreover, representatives from Google will explain how Cloud’s innovation, intelligence and global reach make Google Cloud an ideal collaborator on a public sector’s growth journey.

The discussion will revolve around the key learnings, implementing path and success stories of governments and organizations around the world that adopted cloud and cutting-edge technologies powered by Google.
The IT experts have expressed hope that this summit will expedite the collaborative efforts between Google and the government towards the digital transformation of the public sector nationwide.

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