ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication

MoIT to improve capacity of IT industry

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: To compete in international arena Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has aimed to improve capacity of IT industry by providing infrastructure and increasing the quality of organization to deliver high standard service and products.

The government would focus on competing in international arena, and accelerating pace of e-government to facilitate citizens to avail public services.

Talking to media outlet, ministry official said Rs6,535 million have been earmarked for ICT sector under PSDP 2018-19 which is aimed at improving capacity of IT industry by further providing infrastructure and facilities for startups and small IT businesses.

The other objective of allocation in ICT sector 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 CPEC which will enable alternative route for international internet connectivity.

Development of Technology Parks to facilitate rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country, participation in 15 major international exhibitions to generate export business, and training of 3,500 professional and 500 executives from IT and ITeS industry in latest technologies in demand and business development/international marketing respectively would also be focused.

Some other domains include 70 more companies will 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 Prime Minister’s 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.

He further said the government has planned to establish an indigenous facility for development of satellites in accordance with international space standards under its annual development plan for 2018-19.

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.

As per Information and Communication Technology Annual Plan 2018-19, 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 during next year, PC-I will 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.

Feasibility and System Definition Study (FSDS) of Pakistan Navigation Satellite System (PakNav) will also be carried out. PakNav will enable Pakistan to have independent satellite navigation for both civilian and strategic purposes.


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