Published On: Wed, Oct 11th, 2017

Increase in IT Exports of Pakistan: A Remarkable Achievement


IT exports of PakistanFederal Minister of information technology (IT), Anusha Rehman has claimed in the board meeting that the IT exports of Pakistan have doubled in the past four years.
The board meeting was held at Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) in Islamabad to discuss and review IT exports of Pakistan and also growth of IT in Pakistan. The meeting was also attended by Federal Secretary IT Mr. Rizwan Bashir Khan, acting MD PSEB Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah and other board members.
There are number of initiatives that came into debate including Prime Minister’s Internship Program and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI).
Rehman has applauded the growth of Pakistan’s IT sector. She further stated  that IT sector is greatly contributing to the growth of economy of Pakistan. It is evaluated that IT Industry exports have registered a 98 % growth over the past four years.
She appreciated the freelance workers of Pakistan. Up-work has reached to 4th largest freelance website in the world. The goal of the current government is to achieve at least $5 billion export earnings by 2020 to enhance the IT exports of Pakistan.
The Minister also stated that Pakistan is blessed with  gifted youth and the government is keen  to facilitate them by providing  further opportunities.

PSEB in partnership with National ICT R&D Fund (IGNITE) has provided IT internship opportunities to around 1700 young graduates and around 60% were offered jobs.
Acting MD PSEB Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah also applauded the performance of IT sector and increase of IT exports of Pakistan.
The performance of IT sector has led to better perception of Pakistan across the globe. It has attracted the interest of foreign firms to invest in Pakistan.
PSEB has been displayed at eleven international trade fairs along with more than 65 IT companies generating more than two thousand leads.
PSEB technical and financial assistance, more than 30 selected IT professionals and 28 IT companies have received certifications in Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) platform with 134 companies have received certifications in ISO 9001, ISO27001 and ISO 20001 thus allowing them to attract more exports from the developed markets.
The government of Pakistan plans to initiate more programs for the youth and also assist in a number of freelance programs. It is important that talented youth is provided with more opportunities so that they can contribute to economic development.

The increase in IT exports of Pakistan is a substantial step towards a better  developed Pakistan.

About the Author

- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.