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PM Shehbaz for a complete roadmap to boost IT exports

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday directed for submission of a comprehensive roadmap to boost IT exports.
He said the government would take steps to fully avail of the billion dollars potential of the country for IT exports, besides, the young people would be provided with required facilities of education, skills development and startups.
The prime minister chaired a review meeting on IT and Telecom sector. The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Muhammad Aurangzeb, Minister for Economic Affairs and Establishment Ahad Khan Cheema, Minister of State for IT Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Governor State Bank of Pakistan Jameel Ahmed, Shahzad Saleem and the relevant senior officials, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.
During the meeting, the prime minister said that during their previous tenure, positive outcome was witnessed from the initiation of different projects in the IT sector.
He stressed upon resolution of all issues of start ups, freelancers and IT companies relating to banking.
Expressing his satisfaction over the IT export volume of more than $3 billion in the current year, he emphasized upon its further increase.
For brining Pakistan’s IT sector at par with the international standards, they would have to work hard, he observed.
The prime minister also asked for submission of a comprehensive report regarding special technology zones.
The meeting was apprised of progress on IT package announced by the prime minister during June 2023.
During the previous tenure, due to special attention of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the IT exports witnessed 13 percent increase during the first seven months of the current fiscal year when compared with previous corresponding year.
Under the Digiskills programme, a total of 4 million students of 17 batches, comprising 28 percent females, had been imparted training. Pakistan had emerged as the second top country in the world on the basis of numbers of freelancers. Pakistan was exporting IT products to 170 countries of the world, it was further added.
The meeting was informed that during the previous year, an investment of $400 million was made in Pakistani startups.
The prime minister directed for taking of all necessary, legal and policy related steps to attract investment and boost IT exports.
He also asked for expediting work on projects meant to enhance professional and technical training of youth for complete utilization of potential in IT sector.
The meeting was also informed about the steps and progress on IT, E Rozgar, startups, cyber security, telecom sector and launch of 5-G.
Meanwhile, Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Mehmet Pacaci Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here.
The Ambassador congratulated the Prime Minister on his re-election and conveyed best wishes from the leadership of Turkiye and emphasized the importance of strengthening the fraternal ties between both countries.
The prime minister deeply appreciated the congratulatory telephone call and message of felicitations from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan immediately after his re-election.
He emphasised that Pakistan and Turkiye enjoyed exemplary bilateral relations that were based on shared history, religion and culture and were unshakeable.
The prime minister said both countries needed to work together to achieve the annual target of US$ 5 billion in bilateral trade.
He also called upon the two sides to enhance their bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual interest including trade, defence, connectivity and culture. In this regard, he congratulated Turkiye on the successful flight of KAAN 5th generation fighter aircraft.
The prime minister said Pakistan and Turkiye have consistently supported each other on core issues and would continue to do so in the future.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif reiterated his invitation to President Erdogan to visit Pakistan.
He said the people of Pakistan looked forward to the visit that would also provide a useful opportunity for both sides to carry out extensive consultations during the 7th session of High Level Strategic Coordination Council (HLSCC).
Meanwhile, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here.
The Naval Chief congratulated the Prime Minister on assumption of the office, according to a PM Office press release.
In the meeting, they discussed the professional matters related to the Pakistan Navy. – APP