It has been suggested by the Prime Minister’s Task Force on IT and Telecom that the taxes on internet be removed. It was recommended that the 12.5 percent Advance Income Tax on the internet be nullified.
Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui—the Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication led the second meeting of the PM’s task force at the committee room of IT Ministry on Tuesday.
Suggestions were presented during the meeting by the three sub task forces on IT, Telecom and Human Resource Development regarding the progress and betterment of these sectors.
The sub-task force on IT suggested of establishing special technology zones in Pakistan for boosting IT exports. The committee remarked that it is noticed that the image of the Information Technology industry would further be enhanced by the formation of special technology zones in the country.
Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman who attended the meeting as a co-chairman said that instead of establishing technology zones in the country from the start, why do not the present infrastructure and buildings be utilized for the purpose and designated as technology zones.
He also stressed upon the need of local manufacturing of products like computers, mobile phones, laptops, etc.
It was also suggested that IT associated small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should be made independent by the setting up of special technology zones.
The meeting was briefed about the status of fiber cable connectivity in the country which presently is with 1000 union councils and it is targeted that the connection should be provided to nearly 3,100 more UCs for broadband supply.
Recommendations were also given for developing digital content for all subjects at schools and colleges other than providing IT training to the students.