During the 36th meeting of the board of directors of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), it was revealed that Pakistan IT Exports have been increased to 98 percent during the last four years.
Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecom chaired the meeting along with the board of directors in which current state of IT initiatives by PSEB, PM’s internship program and Capacity Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) was reviewed.
Managing director of PSEB told the directors that PSEB has achieved significant milestones in IT promotion over the last four years. PSEB participated in 11 international trade fairs along with 65 IT companies. He told the boards that Pakistani companies were able to generate more than 2 thousand leads with the help of those events. Trade fairs and exhibitions have promoted Pakistan as a viable destination for outsourcing, Pakistan’s exports increased due to PSEB efforts of organizing participation in International expos along with IT companies.
He further counted the PSEB achievements and said more than 30 IT professionals and 28 IT companies were selected by PSEB and received certifications in Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) platform. Moreover, 134 IT companies got certifications in ISO 9001, ISO 20001 and ISO 27001 helping them to generate IT exports from developed countries.
Appreciation and focus on Freelancers
The IT minister said the performance of Pakistan’s IT sector can be measured by the growth of 98 percent over the last four years which is remarkable with fewer resources. The contribution of Pakistan IT sector helps Pakistan’s overall economy through foreign exchange earnings and job creation within the country. We must recognize our freelancers as well who are working hard round the clock to bring Pakistan at number 4 on the largest freelancing website.
The minister said Pakistan has a large number of talented individuals and government is trying to provide them with best possible opportunities in which they can thrive. PSEB in partnership with National ICT R&D Fund (IGNITE) has placed 1700 plus IT graduates as interns in various IT companies and banks and more than 60 percent of interns had a job offer from their respective companies, she added.
She said the government is also in the process of accommodating freelancers by launching a comprehensive national level digital skills training program which will eventually equip freelancers with appropriate training and polish their skills, we a country who produced over 1 million freelancers in the last 5 years.
Later in another meeting, Minister of IT, approved “DigiSkills” program to provide training to 1 million youth to streamline excellence in technology, innovation, and professionalism, focusing on building a workforce for future driven by 4th Industrial revolution.