IT industry must achieve target of $10bn by 2020: Anusha

ISLAMABAD: Information Technology and Telecommunication Minister Anusha Rehman urged the leaders from the IT industry to devise a comprehensive action plan to achieve set target of $ 10 billion by 2020.

While addressing the meeting, the minister said the industry leaders in the wake of “Strategic Session to boost IT Exports” had outlined the government’s vision to facilitate the industry to reach its true potential.

She said, “Time is ripe to take Pakistan’s economy forward through knowledge economy. Pakistan is well positioned to take its due pie from the international IT market.

The PML-N government was steadfastly committed to providing enabling an environment for the industry in the shape of IT-centric policies, HR development and provision of infrastructure, she added.

Anusha said, “We are all up to help bridge the gaps between the talent and industry alongside building an environment of trust and openness to help enable the growth of software exports.”

She assured support on behalf of the government in the shape of policies, infrastructure, HR development and transforming the culture of the public sector.

She outlined the plan of providing classroom-based technical training in emerging fields like IoT, robotics, analytics, cloud etc. along with communication and selling skills to young graduates. This is a supplement to the plan of training 1 million youth through digital skills program by Ignite.

She further added that Prime Minister had constituted a Digital Transformation Committee headed by the Prime Minister to supervise, implement and monitor the vision of Digital Pakistan and its associated programmes across the country.

The PASHA Chairman had shared a comprehensive plan to increase the IT exports through various measures in the shape of the public-private partnership model.

The first and foremost is the right reporting mechanism where IT Industry’s true size of over $ 3 billion is to be reflected through proper channels.

This right reflection will help position Pakistan’s industry in the international market to allure the international companies for building businesses with Pakistan. The proposal to build public-private partnership model to build infrastructure for IT companies on cost-effective propositions were also discussed.

The session was attended by a wide array of senior leaders from the IT industry. They have shown their resolve to achieve this target through concrete measures. They have echoed minister’s trust and faith on Pakistan’s talent landscape which require honing to tap into its true worth for digital Pakistan.

The Industry leaders thanked Anusha for her keen interest towards the uplift of the sector and vowed to join hands with the government to steer forward all initiatives in a spirited manner to achieve the true potential of Pakistan’s IT sector for a growing Pakistan.

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