The Impacts of Freelancing and Digital Pakistan on Pakistani Economy

Digitalization does not stimulate only innovations in the service industry but also ignites a habit of domestic job opportunities in different developing countries, like Pakistan, which enables faster growth and independence of young individuals. Many large companies in developed countries such as the US, UK, and Australia are turns to countries like Pakistan for IT outsourcing leading to a boom in freelancing in different Asian countries like Pakistan.

Freelancing activities offer varieties of opportunities that range from computer programming to web design and search engine optimization. Freelancing provides numerous opportunities for individuals in the emerging digital market. With this, they are making the Asian continent one that provides digital and freelancing services to other parts of the world.

Freelancing offers numerous advantages, which include the freedom to choose clients and projects, access to the global market, and flexibility over the location. Most importantly, freelancers can overcome long and frustrating moments of staying in traffic when traveling in various parts of the world where freelancing is practiced.

Freelancing proffers solution to the problem of unemployment amongst Pakistani youths.

With the prevalence of unemployment among Pakistani young individuals, thousands of graduates from different public and private universities in Pakistan are failing to secure lucrative jobs in the labor market every year. This report was given by World Vision Pakistan.

With the enigma of unemployment in Pakistan, thousands of young graduates from both the public and private universities are unable to find adequate jobs in the labor market.

These young unemployed individuals in Pakistan can quickly start their careers by taking some IT training and freelancing online. By so doing, they will not only make a living through the Generation of personal income, which in turn will also contribute to the economy through the eradication of unemployment. For IT and Freelancing training, many Government and Private departments, as well as individually many people, started to teach the unemployed young.

Freelancing also offers Opportunities for women in Pakistan

A large number of women in Pakistan, including highly educated women, who often sacrifice their careers to fend for their homes. Freelancing is gradually gaining relevance in career options for many Pakistani women, as it provides them with alluring opportunities to work from home and with variations in different locations.

Pakistani women who are looking to take a step out of their traditional domestic roles are finding freelance jobs to be a great solution. Research shows that in terms of the quality of the work, Pakistani female freelancers have started gaining more credibility than their male counterparts. Increasing women’s participation in freelancing, therefore, is a boost to the freelancing sector.

Since Pakistan has to be one of the fastest-growing economies of the world, to further accelerates the pace of its growth, it is necessary to imbibe the best tactics by taking into account the critical element that explains the developmental trends of every fast-growing economy. The essential factors that complement the development and progress of a country are the economic strength and the global trends within the local force. These can be assessed based on the opportunities provided for the youth in the country.

Information technology in Pakistan has assumed a central enabling role in the emerging changes in knowledge of society and knowledge of the economy. The developmental trends of Pakistan’s economy have been assessed and commended by numerous independent institutes around the globe. Pakistan’s Information Technology (IT) sector has sourced a differentiated atmosphere for software development and freelancing. This makes Pakistan ranks number four for freelance development in the world and IT exports have increased by 70% during the last three years.

Thus making the government of Pakistan strives for the improvement of Pakistanis ‘ quality of life and economic well-being by ensuring the availability of accessible, affordable, reliable, universal, and high-quality ICT services. The government of Pakistan firmly believes in the majority of adoption in digital technologies and innovative applications is to enable cross-sector, socio-economic development and transformation of economic activities, governance models, social interaction, and achievement of sustainable development goals.

The objective of the digital Pakistan program as spotlighted by Tania Aidrus Who was the former Google Executive, however, resigned to take charge of the Digital Pakistan initiative program.

Tania obtained an MBA from a reputable MIT Sloan School of Management and a from Brandeis University. With her appointed as a Google executive, she co-founded a mobile health diagnosis company called Click Diagnostics, which connected rural patients in emerging markets to medical professionals around the globe. The impacts of the digital Pakistan program include;

  • Provision of Access and Connectivity for all Pakistanis 
  • Provision of Digital Infrastructure
  • Provision of better atmosphere for E-Governance 
  • Rendering digital Skill and Training for Pakistanis
  • Creation of a conducive atmosphere for Innovation, entrepreneurship, and startups in the IT sector.
  • Promotion of Sectorial Digitalization
  •  This program facilitated the Empowerment of youths, and women by granting equal access to ICT.

Provision of Access and Connectivity for all Pakistanis 

This program offers easy access to the Internet and the general knowledge that comes with the Internet as a fundamental right for all Pakistanis.

Provision of Digital Infrastructure

This program allows government, businesses, and startups to utilize digital infrastructure, which will eradicate the problems of papers and cash services rendered to a digitalized atmosphere in Pakistan.

Provision of better atmosphere for E-Governance 

This program will aid Pakistanis in good governance through IT enablement in all levels of their economy. This e-governance will ensure efficiency, transparency, and accountability by the institution of integrated government databases and applications.

Rendering digital Skill and Training for Pakistanis

Transcending Pakistanis economy with knowledge by creating an atmosphere whereby existing talents or skills to be reshaped and prepared for the Future Generation. Move up the value chain by rapidly impacting specialist/emerging technological capabilities.

Creation of a conducive atmosphere for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and startups in the IT sector.

 This program will aid in the Generation of sustainable innovation, entrepreneurship, and employment opportunities for Pakistanis rapidly growing technology savvy and entrepreneurial individuals. The program will also help in coordinating digital skills programs for the human resource development through partnership with international organizations to boost innovation and establishment and erecting framework for setting-up incubation centers different areas of Pakistan to facilitate IT startups to enable young individuals to spring up more quickly and smoothly by tapping into the emerging network of businesses, including specialized innovation centers.

Which includes FinTech, Artificial Intelligence (AI).the program would help Promote and encourage entrepreneurship by providing incentives to the IT sector and training for young professionals to become freelancers.

Promotion of Sectorial Digitalization

This program will promote the use of digitalized technology in education, health, agriculture, and other vital socio-economic sectors. Thus, spurring the use of ICT in public schools and ensuring a meaningful impact on education in Pakistan.

 This program facilitated the Empowerment of youths, and women by granting equal access to ICT.

Youth and Women represent about 60% and 49% of Pakistanis population, respectively. This program will ensure women and girls having equal access to ICTs in Pakistan, which will help reduce the insurgence of inequalities in Pakistan; thus, support gender equality all through Pakistan.

The value of ICTs can be accessed through high productivity, improved access to health and education, equal participation in social, political and economic spheres, special ICT programs for Girls to impart quality trainings in computer skills, which may include software coding, across Pakistan to reduce gender bias, and provide decent work and facilitation of economic growth.

With this, we can say the government of Pakistan can attain its goal of transcending the vision of Digital Pakistan into a reality, thereby focusing on human capital development for the global digital economy.

January 26, 2021

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