Policy Brief 24/07/2023
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy outlined in Pakistan’s Digital Pakistan Vision serves as a transformative foundation for the nation’s integration of advanced technologies. It aims to position Pakistan competitively in the era of the fourth industrial revolution and data-driven digitized governments. However, the policy falls short in clearly articulating its objectives and measurable goals, lacking clarity and focus. While it emphasises evidence-based policy formulation and design, incorporating a comprehensive roadmap, accessible databases, and a regulatory framework, it fails to provide explicit and measurable objectives. The requirements for implementation are stated, including the establishment of a National AI Coordination Council, a robust regulatory framework, research and development initiatives, and AI innovation hubs. However, the viability of these requirements depends on the availability of sufficient resources and infrastructure, which may be a challenge. The policy outlines a monitoring mechanism, involving a dedicated unit, regular reports, capacity building, engagement with the private sector, and evaluation processes. Key indicators for assessing programme success are also identified.