The Information Technology (IT) Park, which is being established in Karachi at an estimated cost of Rs 31 billion, would house around 210 companies operating with their 8,400 employees.
“This facility is the part of government strategy to develop IT zones and software parks besides setting up purpose-built software technology parks in major cities of the country,” a senior official of the Min-istry of Information Technology told APP.
The project includes a multi-storey office building.The park would be spread over an area of 106,449 square metres with eight floors above the ground and three basement floors.It will offer a platform to the industry and local universities to establish syner-gies.
It will also attract international busi-ness collaboration and global IT compa-nies as anchor tenants and investors.
He said the park would improve the provision of work space and allied infra-structure facilities for IT and IT-enabled services (ITeS) companies and promote growth of the IT industry.
The project would also help improve the formation of IT clusters, increase ex-port revenues and showcase Pakistani innovations and services in the IT sector before the international audience and cus-tomers.
The IT park building would have of-fices, daycare centre, amenities, parking, etc.It will have an ICT system, security features and a data centre.
“There will be post-project operational support for the IT park management two years after its com-pletion,” he added.
He said that a special technological zone was recently set up in Islamabad to promote Pakistan’s IT sector.
The incum-bent government is working aggressively to promote the IT industry and services while targeting the demands of both the local and international markets.
He said that the government wanted to establish software technology parks in small and big cities of the country, adding that Ministry of IT’s attached department Pakistan Software Export Board is working to establish software technology parks in Quetta, Gwadar, Faisalabad, Bannu, Swat, Mardan, Sukkur and Hyderabad.