Plan to double number of software technology parks within a year to 40

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All determinations had been completed to upsurge the approach of technology in small towns and cities and the number of software technology parks would be nearly twice to 40 within a year, Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque claimed.

“Currently there are 22 software technology parks operating in the country and by December 2022, this number will increase to 40. The expansion is mainly in second-tier cities and towns,” the minister articulated speaking to the inauguration ceremony of Amazon Software Technology Park in Rawalpindi.

He said that if we want to develop the tech industry all over the country, attention has to be paid to secondary cities.

The minister furthermore said the major advantage of this policy is dedicated to women’s empowerment. A huge number of women can be employed as freelancers or at a project while staying in their homes, he said.

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Mr. Haque stated that over 110 million people in the country have access to broadband services and there were almost 500,000 IT experts in Pakistan. Nearly, 25,000 IT graduates are making their way to the market yearly, which includes a huge total of fresh professionals and women, he added.

Moreover, he told the ceremony that Pakistan’s telecom zone is completely delimited and over 85 percent of telecom infrastructure is built on fiber optic cables.

Mr. Haque also declared that the Ministry of IT & Technology (MoITT) via the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) remains to upkeep all reliable enterprises of the private sector to reinforce the local IT industry and invite foreign investment.

“Every effort has been made to increase the access of technology to small towns and cities. We have directed PSEB to provide a registration fee waiver for companies and startups from backward areas,” he said.

“We believe in ensuring a fast-track approach for foreign IT companies to expand their business and provide every possible facility to those companies who want to explore Pakistan for their investment and outsourcing need,” the minister commented.

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