ISLAMABAD ( ABRAR MUSTAFA )
Pakistan’s IT industry has been growing steadily and its export figures crossing over 2 billion dollars a year in revenue, up from less than a billion dollars a few years ago and the current growth rates indicate that the industry will exceed the 11 Billion US$ mark within the next five years. But the development of the computer hardware industry could provide a robust boost to the economic revival of the country both in terms of its contribution to the national exchequer as well as towards creating new employment opportunities in the country.
Pakistan computer industry appreciates the infrastructure development plans of the government but this same vision needs to be replicated for the computer industry also which offers huge potential. This was stated in a Press release issued by the Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) here in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion, Munawar Iqbal, President of the PCA said that given the fact that the government has set the target of achieving US$ 3,774.285 million IT services exports in the next five years, the collaborative efforts on the part of government and the IT industry are need of the hour to translate the expected target into reality.
He said that Pakistan computer industry has the potential to produce even much better results provided the government comes up with a more viable policy for the growth of the industry. He said that the computer industry could assist the government in reducing growing unemployment in the country by offering skill-enhancement training facilities to youth and generating more employment in the wake of new opportunities in the local and international job markets.
The PCA president urged the government to initiate and facilitate broader consultations among the stakeholders of the computer hardware industry by involving relevant government departments to maximize the prospects of overall growth of the IT industry in the country.