President Dr. Arif Alvi has urged the need to bring the country’s IT sector on par with European and US standards besides ensuring data security. He emphasized the need for one-window operations for the IT sector to narrow down the gap between production capacity and the IT challenges of the 21st century.

The President expressed these views while chairing a meeting with the delegation of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI), led by President OICCI, Irfan Siddiqui, in Karachi today.

Talking to the delegation, the President said that Business communities like OICCI needed to develop liaisons and collaboration with academia in order to have a market-driven approach within existing infrastructures. He added that the government had put the right policies in place regarding business expansion, and the IT intellectuals needed to capitalize on these policies so as to contribute to national development.

Highlighting the pivotal role of the IT sector in economic development, the President said that smart management of the country’s resources and adopting an IT-driven approach to do business could produce positive results and help overcome the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The President also underlined the need for women’s empowerment and granting differently-abled persons their rights. He urged the business community to raise breast cancer awareness in their respective business places during the entire month of October.

Members of the OICCI delegation appreciated the government policies and expressed confidence in the country’s future.