Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque Thursday inaugurated portal for online registration of freelancers at Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) head office. Secretary IT Dr. Sohail Rajput was also present on the occasion.
The launching of the portal (https://pseb.org.pk/app/index.php) for registration of freelancers is among the many steps undertaken by the government to ensure the growth of freelancers in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that Pakistani freelancers had fueled the growth of the gig economy in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s Freelancer Industry is growing rapidly. Registration of freelancers is a major step forward in providing due recognition to the contribution being made by Pakistani freelancers, he said.
He said, the growth of Pakistani freelancers would enhance country’s export earnings.
The Minister said, the National Freelancing Facilitation Policy has been developed after significant consultation and is focused on accelerating and sustaining the development of the freelancer industry in Pakistan.
Osman Nasir, Managing Director, Pakistan Software Export Board, said that Pakistan is ranked as the 2nd largest supplier of Online Labour in Software Development and Technology as per International Labour Organization Flagship Report 2021.
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The future growth of Pakistan’s freelancer industry directly depends on the availability of IT professionals trained in state-of-the-art technologies.
He said that PSEB had launched several programs for IT professionals and young graduates to hone their skills through training and international certifications.
Steps taken by the Imran Khan Government
To counter all these issues, the government of Pakistan has been working to introduce Special Technology Zones (STZs) all over the country to further boost the IT industry.
In an interview with ARY, Chairperson Special Technology Zones Authority said that Pakistan, if resources are utilized well, will be catapulting to the top of the IT world, which is expected to make a revenue of $10 billion in two to three years’ time.
In this respect, the first Special Technology Zone (STZ) in Islamabad is going to be built on 150 acres of land, which has been acquired by STZA and inaugurated by the Prime Minister two days ago. Similarly, in Haripur, the STZ is going to be a part of the Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology.
These are the initial of much STZs government has planned to build to boost the IT sector of the country.
Ministry of Science and Technology is also making Pakistan’s first National Science and Technology Park on 40 acres of land, making it the country’s first technology park.
APP with additional input by GVS News Desk