The government has claimed some major achievements in the IT & Telcos during the last one year including ITeS export remittances of $902 million, creation of 9000 jobs, besides National Incubation Center’s (NICs) raised a collective investment commitment of Rs 1.3 billion from the local and international private sector companies.
Govt Claims Major Achievements in IT & Telcos
Achievements of the Ministry of IT & Telecom, during the last one year, covering areas like Ease of Doing Business, Bridging the Digital Divide, Promoting Entrepreneurship, Increasing Foreign Exchange Earnings and Austerity, are as follows:
BRIDGING THE DATA DIVIDE THROUGH DIGITAL INCLUSION PROMOTING INTEGRATION
Projects have been launched to provide voice & broadband services in areas of North/ South Waziristan, FR Bannu/Lakki/Tank, Dadu/Hyderabad & Bahawalpur Districts (3,100 Mauzas) benefiting a population of approximately 6.5 Million.
Forty (40) unserved Tehsils/towns are being connected with 900Km optical fiber cable covering Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram & FR (Peshawar) areas.
Through National Roaming Services, 1,795 km of unserved segments of National Highways including N10 (Uthal to Jiwani), N25 (Hub to Uthal, Uthal to Quetta), N65 (Quetta to Dera Allah Yar), N50 (Kuchlak to Sherani) and N70 (Killa Saifullah to Rakni)
INCREASING SOFTWARE EXPORTS BY ESTABLISHING LINKAGES BETWEEN FOREIGN AND LOCAL ICT SECTOR INVESTORS
The registration process of IT and IT-enabled services companies with Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) is now paperless and automated, powering a real-time online company directory, searchable by international investors, partners, and customers.
This, in turn, has allowed for the number of IT & ITeS companies registered with the Government to rise to 2,013 as of 30th June 2019 compared to 1,762 registrations in the previous year showing an annual growth rate of 14.24%.
As of 30th June 2019, IT & IT-enabled Services (ITeS) export remittances have surged to $902 million at a growth rate of 8.19%. whereas, PSEB estimates that total IT & ITeS exports are US$ 4.1 billion that includes 0.5 billion earned by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Independent Consultants & Freelancers
YOUTH MAINSTREAMING BY PROVIDING DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM
Startups in five National Incubation Center’s (NICs) have raised a collective investment commitment of Rs 1.3 Billion from the local and international private sector companies.
More than 9000 jobs have been created and revenue amounting to Rs 500 Million has been generated by these startups
Under the “DigiSkills” program, during the last year, a total of 312,000 trainings were provided to young freelancing entrepreneurs of Pakistan. An estimated amount of $14 million has been generated through this Government’s intervention and support for the freelance ecosystem.
PROMOTION OF FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY IN THE CELLPHONE MARKET OF PAKISTAN
In order to curb the menace of mobile theft, as well as smuggling of used (2nd hand) mobile phones in the country the Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS), has also been made operational on the directions of Federal Cabinet.
As informed by PTA the number of IMEIs registered since the 15th Jan 2019 is 44 Million, resulting in approximately Rs. 5 Billion to National Exchequer (Exact Figures available with FBR).
AUSTERITY DRIVE-IN MINISTRY OF IT AND ITS ATTACHED FORMATIONS
Through the adoption of austerity measures, the Ministry of IT and its allied organizations saved a cumulative of Rs. 64.33 Million from its allocated budget, which was deposited with the National Exchequer.
CONTRIBUTION UNDER THE CLEAN AND GREEN PAKISTAN PROGRAMME
Under the Clean and Green Pakistan Programme, more than 100,000 trees have been planted, by Special Communication Organization (SCO), in areas of AJ&K and Gilgit Baltistan.
Rs. 4.76 Billion of dividends were deposited to the Government Exchequer, on account of shareholding in PTCL.
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