ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Information Technology & IT enabled Services (ITeS) export remittances comprising of computer services and call center services have surged to US$ 648.940 million at a growth rate of 38.16% during July-November of FY 2020-21 in comparison to US$ 469.713 million during July-November of FY 2019-20.
This is the highest growth rate for the FY 2020-21 (July-November), achieved by Pakistan’s IT Sector since 2018 when the growth rate for the corresponding period was just 13%.
The Federal Minister for IT & Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque lauded the latest export performance of Pakistan’s IT Industry.
The minister 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 and that the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) registration fee for IT & ITeS Companies including call centers and IT startups, belonging to underserved areas of the Country have been completely waived in order to boost the growth of IT industry in the underdeveloped parts of the country and thus contribute to the organic growth of IT Industry across Pakistan.
It’s worth mentioning here that the Minister for IT Syed Amin Ul Haque has set a target of $5 billion for export remittances through information technology and IT-enabled Services during the next three years.
The PSEB performance in just five-month of the current fiscal year a great milestone to reach the targeted destination.
“We are taking all possible steps to ensure sustainable growth of Pakistan’s IT Industry and to ensure close coordination with the IT Industry and associated stakeholders,” the IT minister said.
Incentives to the industry include zero income tax on IT and ITeS exports till June 2025, tax breaks for the PSEB-registered IT start-ups for three years up to 100 percent foreign ownership of IT and ITeS Companies up to 100 percent repatriation of profits for foreign IT and ITeS investors, tax holiday for venture capital funds till 2024 among other incentives, he added.
This growth is especially laudable keeping in view the current global economic challenges thereby demonstrating the resilience of Pakistan’s IT Industry ecosystem and is a tribute to Pakistan’s IT Industry professionals.
Pakistan’s IT Sector exports products and services to over 100 Countries and counts the world’s largest entities among its regular clients. Pakistan’s IT Sector is the largest net services export industry in Pakistan’s economy.
The Managing Director PSEB Osman Nasir said that all possible efforts are being made to achieve US$ 5 billion remittances inflow from the Country’s IT Sector by Year 2023 as per the target set by the IT Minister Syed Amin Ul Haque.
The PSEB is working on major new initiatives in Marketing, Infrastructure, Capital Availability, Policy and Consulting, HR, and Business Development. Efforts are underway to extend maximum facilitation to the startups in all important spheres including access to funding channels.
Osman Nasir said that the PSEB is being restructured as a front leading global business development and marketing organization, which would help in the development of the IT Industry and human capital behind the borders, and generates demand from beyond the borders.