ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar has underlined the need for transforming Pakistan from agriculture base to technology driven knowledge based economy to compete at international level.

He emphasized upon promotion of science and technology that can provide innovative and creative solutions for progress and betterment of society, said a statement issued by Ministry of Planning and Reform here Wednesday.

The minister was talking to Former Federal Minister for science and technology and former chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, who called on him at Islamabad on Wednesday.

Secretary Planning and senior officials of the ministry were also present in the meeting. During the meeting, Dr Atta-ur-Rahman informed that a National Task Force on ‘Technology driven knowledge economy' is being set up under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of which he will be vice Chairman.

The task force will comprise all key stakeholders to chalk out the way forward to a knowledge based economy.

He apprised that the proposed task force will cover various sectors, wherein emphasis will be laid on promotion of technology and knowledge to attain maximum dividends, including agriculture, energy, water resources and IT sector.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that economic development of a country does not depend solely on natural resources but also on intellectual capital, quality human resource, development of industry and value added production.

The minister noted that in today's world knowledge is now the main driving force behind leading economies adding that knowledge contributes significantly to economic growth. Khusro Bakhtyar called for focusing on demand driven technologies that have a direct impact on national economy.

‘Knowledge based economy provides the basis of sustainable socio-economic development', underscored the minister.

He added that focusing on high-tech manufacturing and exports will not only boost the national economy but also provide opportunity to capture its due share in the global market.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2018