In the current global environment, it is important that development of the IT industry is given proper attention both in the short and long term. A key component of this needs to be to ensure that women too, get the support they need to contribute towards the industry.
For this Syed Amin-ul-Haque, the Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunications, recently shared that from the government’s end all possible efforts are being made to promote and facilitate women entrepreneurs in the country’s IT sector.
The press release stated that the IT industry has become the most gender neutral industry in the country. Women are playing a pivotal role in the development of the industry in Pakistan which has achieved consecutive year on year growth rate and become a major export earner as well.
In a reply to the statement of Gilgit Women Developers, Minister IT said, that the initiative for bringing the IT companies from secondary and tertiary cities into the mainstream is well underway for ensuring holistic growth of Pakistan’s IT Industry.
For this very reason, a Software Technology Park (STP) has been setup in Gilgit in collaboration with the Special Communication Organization (SCO).
Syed Amin-ul-Haque further highlighted that several Gilgit based IT companies have already relocated their business operations to the Gilgit STP, providing services to customers around the globe, reinforcing the importance and impact of establishing tech parks in the country. Such initiatives would set a milestone to provide employment and entrepreneurship opportunities particularly to women of Pakistan.
One of the main success stories from the Gilgit IT Park is “SheDec”, a company of all women developers providing tech solutions to both local and international customers. “I congratulate the all Women IT Professionals especially “SheDev” developers for their remarkable success”, added Syed Amin-ul-Haque.
The IT Park is not only boosting the IT sector in the region, but also helping in developing a skilled workforce for Gilgit-Baltistan in the context of CPEC. They are creating and grooming a team of software experts who will also be able to provide low cost business services to the local industry.
In order to support the budding industry Pakistan Software Export board (PSEB) has waived off the registration fee for IT & ITeS companies, including call centers and IT startups, belonging to underserved areas of the country.