President Dr Arif Alvi has urged the need to adopt international best practices and modern technological tools by the Public Sector Audit and Accounts Departments for better financial control and ensuring efficient and transparent use of public funds in the best interest of people of Pakistan.
Talking to the under-training officers of the 49th Specialized Training Programme of the Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service in Islamabad on Monday, he advised newly-inducted Civil Servants to keep on updating their knowledge and professional and communication skills and technical expertise and to discharge their official responsibilities with humility, justice and ready accessibility to the common man.
The President said that technological developments are happening at an exponential pace whereas our decision-makers and Civil Servants are still making decisions in a linear mode.
He said we need to adopt critical technologies like blockchain, and Virtual and Augmented Reality in the office processes and procedures, besides taking the right decisions at right time.
In reply to a question about the low participation of women in the workforce, the President regretted the fact that due to local traditions and cultural practices, women are deprived of their due rights. He said that although laws had been enacted to give property rights to women, however, in some parts of the country women are kept marginalized due to highly entrenched social and cultural norms.
He said that Pakistan’s dismal standing in socio-economic indicators can only be improved by substantially mainstreaming women, who comprise almost half of the population.
Source: Radio Pakistan