China-Pak forge closer ties in AI.

ISLAMABAD -- Artificial Intelligence (AI), heralded as a driving force in the new wave of technological revolution and industrial transformation, holds immense potential to elevate social productivity to unprecedented levels. China's remarkable strides in AI development, despite being a late entrant, have positioned it as a key player in the global AI landscape. Recognising the significance of AI in reshaping industries and economies, China and Pakistan are coming together to explore opportunities for technological collaboration in this field.

In response to numerous requests from Pakistani companies seeking collaboration with Chinese counterparts in the AI sector, the China-Pakistan Cooperation Centre on Technical Standardisation organised the 'China-Pakistan Artificial Intelligence Industry Cooperation Matchmaking' meeting on September 13th. During this event, five Chinese companies and five Pakistani companies converged to introduce their businesses and outline their requirements. They showcased their latest technologies, featuring innovations such as digital human interfaces, chatbots, and AI transformation services.

President of the Chengdu Institute of Standardisation, Huang Hao, emphasised the long-standing cooperation between his institute and the Institute of Quality and Technology Management (IQTM) at the University of the Punjab. This partnership led to the establishment of the China-Pakistan Cooperation Centre on Technical Standardisation in 2020, with collaboration spanning various sectors, including traditional Chinese medicine, food, and information technology. Huang noted that this matchmaking meeting marked the first in a series of five IT subsector meetings scheduled in the coming months.

A representative from Tkxel, a Pakistani company, highlighted the differing strengths in the AI sector between the two countries, stating, 'In Pakistan, there are more service companies providing AI services, while in China, there are more AI product providers. This exchange can help us understand each other's requirements and capabilities. Moreover, it opens the door to potential collaboration in developing new innovations. Joint research and development centres could be established, allowing Chinese and Pakistani companies to work together and make progress in this dynamic field.'

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