Country's youth second to none in terms of intelligence, skills: minister.

LAHORE -- Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal has said country's youth are second to none in the world in terms of their intelligence and skills.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Engineering Innovation Exhibition and Demonstration of VR, CV and Spatial AI projects at Arfa Software Technology Park on Monday, he said, "We have entered the age of paradigm shift." He said it was the age of disruption, innovation, complexity, and uncertainty, and added that it was all just because of digital revolution.

Ahsan Iqbal said that digital revolution was making all those models irrelevant which were existing in different fields of life. He said if change was responded proactively only then one could become able to benefit from it.

He said that in 2014, the PML-N government evolved vision 2025 to revive and sustain country's growth momentum in line with the ongoing changes across the world.

In 2017, an international leading firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers had said that if Pakistan continued with same trajectory, it would get place among top 20 powerful economies of the world by 2030. He said education, human resources and youth were targeted in the Vision 2025. Ahsan said when Shehbaz Sharif was chief minister Punjab, he paid special attention to empowering the youth digitally. The Information Technology University was established to prepare country's youth for digital age, he added.

He said that in 2017-18, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence, National Centre for Cyber Security, National Centre for Automation and Robotics and National Centre for Big Data and Cloud Computing were set up to achieve the desired results. He said that in four years, these centres worked very well. Laptops were given to students to make them digital warriors of the economy, he added and said that Pakistan became 3rd biggest e-lancing country in the world with distribution of more...

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