Exports of IT services have increased “considerably”: Amin – Pakistan
KARACHI: Federal Minister of Information Technology (IT) and Telecom Syed Amin-Ul-Haq said on Saturday that the market size of Pakistan’s telecommunications industry and IT service exports have increased significantly in recent years , and the country, according to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “Digital Pakistan Vision” will deploy 5G technology by December 2022.
Speaking as the main guest of the 17th edition of the Pakistan Software Houses Association ([emailÂ protected]) At the ICT Awards ceremony held here at a local hotel, Amin-Ul-Haq said connectivity is a prerequisite for digitization. The ministry has worked on infrastructure development across the country. “This year alone, some Rs 18 billion have been allocated to projects related to connectivity,” he said.
Over the next three years, around 31 billion rupees will be invested in improving connectivity, he said, adding that the country will launch 5-G technology by December 2022 with the aim of expanding increased telecommunications and Internet services, including in remote and remote areas of the country. Development of associated infrastructure and preconditions are underway. Frequent meetings are organized with stakeholders in this regard.
The minister said he considers [emailÂ protected] as a representative organization of software and technology companies. “As soon as I took office, I promised that the IT ministry would give priority to the recommendations made by [emailÂ protected] The ministry worked to ensure ease of doing business in the country. A number of questions raised by [emailÂ protected] have been resolved. “
Due to the government’s pro-business policies, he said, Pakistan recorded $ 2.1 billion in IT services exports in the last fiscal year, compared to $ 1.4 billion in the last fiscal year. last year. The ministry has set a target of $ 3.5 billion in exports for next year.
âThe smartphone for everyone is our watchword,â he said. The industry has recommended that the government introduce a program whereby smartphones can be offered to consumers on a phased basis. We have taken note of this recommendation and will initiate it in due course.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan insists on three things, meritocracy, transparency and zero tolerance for corruption. I have pursued the same principle within the ministry,” the minister said.
President [emailÂ protected], Badar Khushnood said that the strategic position of Pakistan’s IT sector has improved significantly. Our exports have reached billions of rupees. Our e-commerce is developing, public-private partnerships are developing and the government itself wishes to support market players.
âWe have all seen the growth of [emailÂ protected] in recent years. “
One of the reasons for these achievements is the excellent partnership with the Ministry of Informatics. The PM IT working group is doing a good job. Public-private partnerships have worked really well. We need to see this in other companies as well. Institutional strengthening within [emailÂ protected] has focused in recent years. Our secretariat has also made interventions with other non-IT sectors.
âWe made a small intervention with SBP in e-commerce, and thanks to which we were able to recover exports of some 5 million dollars during COVID-19,â Khushnood said.
PTCL Business Solutions Director of Business Services Zarrar Khan said on the occasion that PTCL has been working since the early days of Pakistan. “He has a national program,” he said.
He expressed his gratitude and thanked [emailÂ protected] for partnering with PTCL in the digital Pakistan journey. He said that PTCL has been tasked by the government with digital transformation in specific areas, including digital information, access and connectivity, digital skills and training, innovation entrepreneurship, banking services and financial, education and health, etc.
The past two years have been phenomenal for digital transformation as a lot has happened both locally and globally, he said, adding that PTCL is developing software, cloud services and service management. computer science. System integration is an area we are working on. We aspire to be a one-stop-shop.
Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) Managing Director Osman Nasir said we are working with [emailÂ protected] under the direction of the government. We are developing some 40 technology parks across Pakistan which will help the software development industry and create more jobs. Our next intervention would be on supply and infrastructure. We work with [emailÂ protected] to ensure ease of doing business.
PSEB promotes Pakistan’s IT industry in local and international markets. It facilitates the IT industry through a series of projects and programs in infrastructure development, human capital development, enterprise capacity development, international marketing, strategy and research, and promotion of innovation and technologies.
MD Contour software Bilal Mahmood also shared his organization’s journey in Pakistan and how it made a difference in people’s lives.
Canadian High Commissioner Wendy Gilmour also spoke at the event, and praised young Pakistani tech stars for their outstanding work in disseminating innovations.
Participants in the event were informed that this year, [emailÂ protected] received hundreds of entries in 42 categories, not only from major cities but across the country, which were then evaluated by over 50 esteemed judges with phenomenal expertise in their relevant fields.
According to the event organizers, [emailÂ protected] The ICT Awards are primarily aimed at rewarding software and service applications that have been developed in Pakistan, offering companies the opportunity to gain local, regional and international exposure through ongoing promotional activities.
The awards have the credibility of recognizing the best talent and innovations in the country. Known as one of Pakistan’s biggest tech events, [emailÂ protected] The ICT Awards have become a brand proud of the transparency and thoroughness of its evaluation process which truly brings out the best of the nominees to be celebrated as “Tech Superstars”
Later, awards and certificates were distributed among the winners and finalists.
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