The Future Of Urban Utility Services in Pakistan: The Role of Digital Innovation and Partnerships

By Aam Nawab | 9 Mar, 2022


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In Pakistan, global warming and climate change are expected to have a wide range of impacts from high loss of agricultural productivity, low access to clean water, increased coastal erosion, and high levels of pollution. GSMA – Mobile For Development  Digital Utilities in collaboration with the National Incubation Center is holding a virtual conference on March 16, 2022, at 2:00 pm focusing on access to clean water and sanitation, clean cooking, and impact investing in sustainable tech.

The conference will feature a discussion in the following format:

●  Access to water and sanitation

    • Shayan Sohail Sarwar – CTO – Everywater 
    • Munawar Hussain – Program Manager – WaterAid
    • Aisha Sarwari – Head of Sustainability – Coca Cola 
    • Rana Shakeel  – Member Planning  – Capital Development Authority 
    • Moderated by: Hira Wajahat – Climate Launchpad Lead 


●  Clean cooking practices 

      • Ibrahim Syed – EcoFire
      • Ayesha Malik – Jaan Pakistan 


●  Sustainable and impact investing

    • Ali Mukhtar – Partner – Fatima-Gobi Ventures
    • Amim Shafiq – Consultant – Asian Development Bank
    • Pervaiz Abbasi – Co-Founder – Team Up
    • Omar Yahya – Additional Joint Director – Securities and Exchange Commission Pakistan  
    • Moderated by: Yamna Hasni – Development Consultant 


In this live online panel discussion, the panelists will discuss:

     ●  Can public/private utility companies use digital technology, innovation, and knowledge to improve service delivery (sanitation, clean cooking, and waste-management) for low- and middle-income city clusters?

     ●  With mobile coverage at unprecedented levels in Pakistan and with good access to mobile phones, can digital connectivity enable effective and innovative digital solutions in utilities?

     ●  Given the current challenges being faced in the utility space, can public-private entities craft new partnership models to innovate service delivery in the utility space?

     ●  Given that there exists a vast digital literacy divide in Pakistan, through the use of technology, can public/private entitle improve knowledge of the best sanitation, clean cooking, and water management practices?

     ●  Given that there is a huge investment gap in the digital utility start-up space in Pakistan, what are some of the ways to attract investment?

    ●  Are public-private operational models effective in overcoming challenges in the digital utility space in Pakistan?


To attend the workshop, register by filling out this form: Microsoft Forms

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