The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Digital Technology Cooperation and Development Summit held in China witnessed Pakistan’s active participation in enhancing digital cooperation among member states. Muhammad Omar Malik, Member Telecom at the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MOITT), represented Pakistan as the keynote speaker, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts and joint policy frameworks for regional connectivity and technological advancement.
During the summit, Pakistan highlighted the significance of cooperation in areas such as converged cloud data centers, 5G and 6G technologies, satellite development, and collaboration in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) among SCO member states. The establishment of technology centers for joint collaboration in human capital development was also presented as a progressive step to leverage the talent pool in Pakistan.
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In a significant proposal, Pakistan suggested the implementation of the Fiber One regional connectivity project, which aims to establish optic fiber cross-border connectivity from Pakistan to China and other Central Asian member states. This initiative would provide an affordable alternative for global internet routes and ensure redundancy for enhanced connectivity.
It is worth mentioning that Pakistan and China have already completed the OFC-1 connectivity route, known as the Digital Corridor, strengthening digital connectivity between the two nations.
The summit witnessed the attendance of representatives from all SCO member states, including the Governor and Mayor of Karamay, the Deputy Secretary General of SCO, observer states, ambassadors, industry experts, and various groups. The event served as a platform for fruitful discussions and collaborative initiatives to foster digital cooperation and development within the SCO region.