Jumping IT bandwagon inevitable for economic development, fulfill market needs: President


President Dr Arif Alvi said that it was inevitable for Pakistan to quickly jump the bandwagon of the information technology to achieve fast economic development as well as fulfill the market needs for human capital.

The president, addressing the 2nd LCCI IT Awards 2022 distribution ceremony on Tuesday night, called for enhancing the production of human resource in the IT sector, calling it essential for not only local consumption but also the world market.

He said though late, Pakistan had joined the tech race to fill the wide gap between the demand and supply in the sector as the existing human capital was unable to analyse the available data.

He said owing to its youth bulge, Pakistan’s importance had increased in the current digital era and said the billionaire Pakistanis in the Silicon Valley also repeatedly mentioned the dire need of quality human resource.

The president told the gathering that the incumbent government had announced record incentives for the IT sector and also ensured the immediate resolution of the issues faced by the IT industry. Moreover, he said no government in the past could match the facilitation of business community by the incumbent government.

President Alvi said owing to the government’s business friendly policies, the textile sector had revived, farmers got addition Rs 1.1 trillion and the industrial sector earned extra around Rs 900 billion.

The president said it was also essential for the IT sector to create a linkage with the academia to help create jobs as well as fulfill the market needs.

He told the gathering that around 2.2 million students joined a course on digital skills announced by the government and the beneficiaries, even those coming from the remote areas, were earning around $150,000.

He also highlighted the gap between the market skills and academia and reiterated his call for the IT sector to share the burden else they would be hit by the severe shortage of the human resource.—APP


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