Computer service exports increase 32pc to over $111mn

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ISLAMABAD: The computer services exports from the country increased by 32.11 per cent during the first two months of the current fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period of last year.

According to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), Pakistan earned $111.38 million from the exports of computer services during July-August (2017-18) against the services of $84.31 million.

Among the computer services, the country earned $54.365 million by exporting software consultancy services during the first two months, showing a growth of 69.22 per cent when compared to the export of $32.126 million during last year.

The country also exported hardware consultancy services worth $0.732 million, witnessing a growth of 144.41 per cent as compared to the export of $0.299 million of the same services during the last year.

The services for maintenance and repairs of computers also earned $0.391 million for the country as compared to $0.231 million, showing growth of 68.97 per cent.

However, the services for the trade of computer software, during the period under review, witnessed a negative growth of 1.01 per cent during the period under review as these declined to $40.766 million this year from $41.181 million during the last year.

The exports of other computer services also increased by 44.46 per cent; from $10.470 million last year to $15.126 million during the current fiscal year.

Meanwhile, the export of telecommunication services from the country decreased by 0.93 per cent by going down from the trade of $63.430 million last year to $62.840 million during the current fiscal year.

Among the telecommunication services, the exports of call centre service grew by16.53 per cent as its trade was recorded at $15.141 million during July-August (2017-18) as compared to the exports of $12.993 million in July-August (2016-17).

The exports of other telecommunication services witnessed a negative growth of 5.43 per cent during the first two months compared to the exports of last year. The exports of other telecommunication services increased from $50.436 million last year to $47.699 million during the current year.

It is pertinent to mention here that the overall services exports from the country increased by 5.55 per cent during the first quarter of the current fiscal year as compared to the same period of last year.

The services exports during July-September were recorded at $1,271 million as compared to the exports of $1,204 million last year.