Future Fest has concluded with panel discussion

Zindigi Future Fest, the country’s largest tech conference and expo supported by JS Bank, concluded on Sunday with a panel discussion on the future roadmap.

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor Murtaza Syed, Nadra chairman Tariq Malik, and JS Bank COO Imran Haleem Shaikh made up the panel.

With the help of government and private sector initiatives and support, the experts explored how the tech industry could give financial stability to the youth. Noman Azhar, CDO of JS Bank and Head of Zindigi, moderated the panel.

Speaking at the conference, Miftah Ismail said, “Pakistan has a rapidly growing youth population and that they are the key to national growth.”

He congratulated techies for their efforts and promised them government support in the form of tax breaks and other perks. The Finance Minister stated that the government is striving to bring in additional prospective payment partners to support the freelancing community in order to improve employment and business prospects in the country.

Ismail vowed that in the future budget, he will reach out to the community and address their issues.

Murtaza Syed praised Startup Grind and Zindigi for hosting and supporting an international event in the country, stating that such events were urgently needed. He welcomed Nadra’s help, particularly in creating RAAST, which permits mobile phone numbers to be used as bank account numbers.

He referenced RAAST in his discussion about digital transformation.

“With technology, the sky is the limit and together with the help of Nadra and other support departments, Pakistan will soon witness a lot of digital transformations.”