Under the auspices of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), Government of Pakistan, the Sino-Pak Center for Artificial Intelligence (SPCAI) is planning to hold the first national AI forum (NAIF) in Pakistan on September 02, 2021. The proposed forum will be the first of its kind in the history of Pakistan, which aims to gather policymakers, regulators, practitioners, experts, innovators, end-users, investor groups, researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, interested public, and representatives from various industries from Pakistan and abroad under one roof to initiate a grand national discourse about the importance and effectiveness of AI in socioeconomic settings. The forum is an effort to develop an awareness of the role and impact of AI in Pakistani society and industry, as well as industrial processes, social fabric, and economic growth. The forum also aims to advance Pakistan’s AI ecosystem through connections, advocacy, growing talent, and collaboration. The AI forum promotes the economic opportunities raised by AI, supporting great applications of AI and emerging AI firms. It ensures that society can adapt to the rapid and far-reaching changes that AI technology will bring. The event would comprise plenary sessions and formal proceedings where industrial and academic experts would share their valuable ideas, insights, and experiences. An expo would also be organized where representatives from industries and academia will showcase their AI-based projects, products, and solutions. In addition, world-renowned scientists and AI experts will address the forum. The NAIF provides an excellent networking opportunity with relevant stakeholders. The NAIF also offers a perfect platform to initiate the discussion about a coherent national AI policy.
The writer is the managing director of SPCAI and a faculty member at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. He has several years of working experience in both academia and industry in various European countries. He received Ph.D. from the University of Lorraine, France. He can be reached at https://twitter.com/atif_mashkoor.