Fostering an Inclusive Digital Landscape

Episode 12

When it comes to digital progress, till date Pakistan has dealt with a few persistent challenges such as macroeconomic headwinds, regulatory issues, digital inclusion, and literacy rates. According to the inclusive internet index 2022, Pakistan ranked last out of the 22 countries in Asia. Infrastructure availability, affordability and digital literacy contribute significantly to Pakistan’s poor socio-economic performance, with digital inclusion for women emerging as an even greater challenge. Monis Rehman and Anam Malkani discuss the challenges and opportunities of the digital space in Pakistan highlighting policy options which may help reduce the gender differential in the digital practice.

Anum Malkani has been working in the tech policy, strategy, and consulting space with over 10 years of experience. She is currently serving as a financial service policy lead for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Her focus is specifically on how Pakistan can develop a policy and regulatory landscape that supports
digital and financial inclusion for businesses along with citizens.

Monis Rehman is a seasoned entrepreneur, leader, and mentor in Pakistan’s tech industry who found Pakistan’s largest recruiting platform to help professionals find jobs. He is currently the CEO at Dukan and has been using technology to develop new products and services to combat some difficult development issues in Pakistan.