The training of 3,500 professionals and 500 executives from Information Technology (IT) industry has been planned during next year in the latest technologies in demand, business development and international marketing. The basic objective behind this initiative is to compete in international arena, accelerating pace of e-government and to promote IT exports. Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has planned initiatives during forthcoming year to improve capacity of IT industry by providing infrastructure and increasing quality of organization to deliver high standard services and products.
Officials told APP here on Wednesday that Rs. 6,535 million would be spent on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector which is aimed at improving capacity of IT industry by further providing infrastructure and facilities for startups and small IT businesses. The other objective is to increase quality of skills and capacity of organizations to consistently deliver high quality services and products and raising their standard.
The other thrust include Cross-Border OFC system between China and Pakistan for international connectivity of voice and data traffic under aegis of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which will enable alternative route for international internet connectivity. Some other initiatives would include development of technology parks to facilitate rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country and participation in 15 major international exhibitions to generate export business.
Around 70 more companies would be provided consultancy to attain certification of CMMI level-2,CMMI level-3, CMMI level-5 and ISO 27,001/ 20,000 international standards through Ministry of Information Technology’s project entitled “Enhancing IT Exports through Industry Support Programmes,” and placement of 3,000 ICT graduates in public and private sector organizations under ICT Internship Programme.
Technical Training Institute will be established in Gilgit-Baltistan, expanding internet and broadband services in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan, and establishment of Quality Assurance Lab for software products in Pakistan Software Export board (PSEB) are the other areas which would be focused during next fiscal year. The sources said establishment of an indigenous facility for development of satellites in accordance with international space standards has also been planned. The facility – Pakistan Space Centre will have capability to carry out manufacturing, testing, system level assembly, integration, launch and operations of various types of satellites.
Major thrust includes that Pakistan Multi-Mission Satellite (PakSat-MM1) will cater to demand of Direct-To-Home (DTH), High-Throughput Services (HTS)/Broadband Internet and Strategic SatCom. The PC-II has already been approved and PC-I would be submitted for approval and subsequent execution of the project. Moreover, feasibility study of Pakistan’s 2nd Optical Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-O2) will be completed. PRSS-O2 aims to launch a sub-meter resolution remote sensing satellite.—APP