Karachi, September 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said Monday that his government was working hard to promote Information Technology (IT) industry in the province: therefore, he was going to establish Software Technology Parks in all divisional headquarters. This he said in a meeting with a delegation of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication led by federal IT Minister Aminul Haq.
The delegation members include Secretary IT Shoaib Siddiqui, Chairman Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) Shahzad Shahid, MD Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) Osman Nasir and others. The chief minister was assisted by Minister IT Taimore Talpur, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, VC NED Dr Sarosh Lodhi, Advisor Tax Policy SRB Mushtaq Kazmi and others.
The visiting delegation said that during the last five years, 2014 to 2020 export remittances have increased by 137 percent from $370 million in 2014 to $1.231 billion in 2020. These IT based units include call centers, maintenance and repair of computers, hardware and software consultancy services, export of computer software etc. It was vowed that the federal government with the support of provincial governments could include Pakistan in the top 10 ICT exporting countries, if IT parks were established, tax concession granted to the IT-based industry.
The meeting agreed to hold joint meetings with provincial governments to work out a joint strategy to award tax concessions and facilities to the IT based industry. The chief minister said that he would discuss IT-based industry tax regime and proposed concessions in the provincial cabinet. “My government is committed to strengthening the IT industry,” he wowed.
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