In a significant stride towards technological advancement. Pakistan has unveiled an ambitious plan to train 150,000 AI experts over the next five years. The announcement was made by Syed Amin-ul-Haque, the Federal Minister for IT and Telecom. He expressed his belief that Pakistan’s AI initiative will equip Pakistan to face the challenges presented by AI technology.
Under Pakistan’s AI initiative, the Ministry of IT and Telecom (MoIT&T) will collaborate with academia to train 100,000 AI graduates. While the remaining 50,000 will receive training through partnerships with the IT industry. These 150,000 AI Experts will help Pakistan to grow in this area. Minister Amin-ul-Haque emphasized that projects of national interest, such as this one, will pave the way for Pakistan’s readiness to harness the potential of AI.
The minister highlighted the numerous job opportunities that will emerge in the AI field, predicting that local industries will embrace modern technology to enhance productivity and efficiency. The influx of fresh AI talent is expected to attract both domestic and international investments. And, contributing to the growth of the country’s economy while ensuring ethical and responsible use of AI technology.
Minister Amin-ul-Haque stressed the government’s commitment to fostering an enabling environment of trust. Which will be facilitating the development and implementation of AI solutions locally. Recognizing the immense potential of the global AI market, which is projected to reach USD 1 trillion by 2030. Pakistan aims to secure its share in this burgeoning industry.
To ensure the relevance and effectiveness of their AI initiatives. The IT Ministry is establishing a policy committee comprising experts in the field. This committee will actively engage with the latest requirements and challenges facing the AI industry. Which will be allowing Pakistan to stay at the forefront of AI innovation.
As Pakistan takes decisive steps towards building a robust AI ecosystem. The nation is poised to position itself as a regional hub for AI expertise and innovation. By nurturing a skilled workforce and fostering a supportive environment, Pakistan is set to seize the opportunities presented by AI, shaping a brighter future for the country and contributing to global technological advancements.