China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) in collaboration with Mishal Pakistan and Wusool hosted a Webinar on April 27, 2020 titled ‘Emerging Technologies: Important Tool to Combat COVID-19’. Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, DG ISSI, was the Keynote Speaker at the occasion. Speakers at the webinar included: Barkan Saeed, Founder Vizteck Solutions; Mr. Hassan Syed, Advisor to the Ministry of Science and Technology; Amna Rafiq, Research Associate, ISSI; Dr. Akber Abid Gardezi, Assistant Professor, COMSATS University, Islamabad; Dr. Shumail Daud Arain, President Prime Institute; and Mr. Yousuf Hussain, Former CEO, Ignite – National Technology Fund. More than 100 participants joined the online session and took part in the discussion. The session was moderated by Dr. Talat Shabbir, Director CPSC.
Welcoming the participants, Mr. Amir Jahangir, CEO Mishal Pakistan, said that it is the need of hour to understand and make use of emerging technologies. Government needs to devise a system to use digital technologies for welfare of the people. His co-host, Dr. Talat Shabbir, added that use of technology has proven to be crucial in containing the virus. He said that countries like China, South Korea and Germany adopted modern technology and thus were able to swiftly respond to COVID-19.