Karachi contributes 40 percent share in software exports -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Karachi contributes 40 percent share in software exports

KARACHI : The contribution of city in software exports is around 40 percent as compared with other major cities in Pakistan, said Sohail Shahid, the Managing Director of Pakistan Software Export Board.

The country’s first Information Technology Park has started its operation in the commercial capital of the country. While speaking to the inauguration ceremony here on Tuesday. He said that more IT Parks would be established in all the major cities of the country so that IT related local and foreign investors could access easily and directly to the professionals of concerned departments. As many as 80 software companies have applied to PSEB for ISO Certification, 35 of them is Karachi Based, the government has announced to grant Rs 4,000 as stipend to each student studying in IT, he added.

Sohail said that the 40 percent of total exports of software during 2001-02 worth at Rs 24 million were exported from Karachi. Initially, the bandwidth of 155 Megabytes (MB) has been facilitated to provide Internet service for IT Parks, which would be increased to Gigabyte at later stage.

Moreover, the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) are installing equipment at a cost of Rs 10 million for this country’s first IT Park.

The ceremony was attended by the Managing Director of PSEB, Sohail Shahid, Director Marketing ITCN, Atiq-ur-Rahman, Chief Executive, IT Engineering Company, Syed Khurshid Shah.
Source: The Business Recorder
Date:8/14/2002