Islamabad, February 07, 2014 (PPI-OT): Minister of State for Information Technology Ms. Anusha Rehman chaired an interactive session with the CEOs of more than 40 leading technology companies. Federal Secretary for IT, Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Member IT, Mr. Amir Malik and senior officials of MoIT were also present at the occasion.
The Minister said that the present government of Pakistan wants to develop technology sector and special heed is being paid to make it vibrant and beneficial for the country and its masses.
The Government is going to establish a state of the art ICT Park in Islamabad with World Bank funding to promote Academia and IT Industry in collaboration and to mitigate their gaps, provide cloud based ICT infrastructure, shared services to create a ‘springtime’ environment and culture conducive to dynamic innovations.
The Minister of State for IT elaborated that a comprehensive technology policy review is underway and the input of the stakeholders will be taken into consideration while framing technology policy. We welcome all the volunteer IT companies to come forward with their viable proposals and participate in the ongoing e-government projects including E-Office System, E-Police, E-Agriculture and E-Health.
The government will ensure maximum facilitation and cooperation to such enterprises. The Minister further said that Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) is being revived. So that maximum benefit should be achieved out of its projects.
The government advised PSEB to re-initiate a program to assist Pakistani IT companies in acquiring certifications. PSEB is also going to impart specialized training to IT professionals/graduates. The specialized course will include programming in iphone, android and gaming animation.
National ICT internship program has brought encouraging feedback as over 400 graduates are going to get: on job training in order to expand the pool of trained IT resources in Pakistan. We all have to give the priority to the national interest, upon our personal ones, so that we could ensure progress and prosperity for the country and the nation in the long run, Minister added.
The CEOs of the IT Companies hailed the efforts of the Ministry to involve and engage them in the dialogue process on the ICT matters in order to enhance the quantum of software exports and to spur the growth of country economy. They ensured their it most cooperation with MoIT on such endeavours and projects of National interest.
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