PM Khan has directed the authorities concerned to finalize short, medium and long-term strategy based on timelines for development of information technology (IT) sector.
Chairing a meeting on Monday on promotion of the IT sector in the country, the Prime Minister emphasized on early implementation of the strategy. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan has immense potential in the IT sector. He said that the government is taking steps on priority basis to organise experts in information technology, especially the freelancers.
Underlining the importance of building Special Technology Zones in the country, Imran Khan said that establishment of STZs will play a pivotal role in development of the IT sector. The Prime Minister said that various challenges have emerged during the pandemic; however, it has also created countless opportunities for IT-professional youth to work from home.
The Prime Minister was apprised that Pakistan currently has the potential to earn $5 billion foreign exchange in the IT sector; however, due to unavailability of facilities and lack of discipline in the sector the foreign exchange is lower than the potential.
The meeting was attended by IT expert Masood Jabbar, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Major General (retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa, Chairman Special Technology Zone Authority Amir Hashmi and Chief Executive Officer National Information Technology Board Syed Shabahat Ali Shah.