National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication discusses PSPD of the ministry
NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATION DISCUSSES PSDP OF THE MINISTRY AND ITS ATTACHED DEPARTMENTS FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2021-22
Islamabad; February 24, 2021: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication met under the chairmanship Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.
The Committee after elaborate discussion recommended all the projects under Public Sector Development Program of the M/o Information Technology and Telecommunication for the financial year 2021-22. The Committee was apprised that the PSDP projects pertain to Infrastructure and business development which would provide enabling environment for the I.T sector besides facilitation for ease of doing business. The Committee was further apprised that Human resource development was one of the component in the proposed PSDP which would channelize trained human resource towards the I.T sector.
The committee was briefed about the establishment of Information Technology Park in Islamabad, Karachi and software technology parks in other of the country. The Project Director Islamabad I.T Park apprised that an amount of Rs.3533.67 million had been demanded for civil work since provision of power, road access and construction of boundary wall had been ensures during the current financial year. Apprising the Committee about the PDSP projects of Software Export Board, the Managing Director of the Board said that Pakistan has immense I.T potential which would be exploited for enhancing I.T related exports and development of business models through these projects. He said that Pakistani diaspora abroad would be involved for acquiring I.T business for Pakistanis Software companies. The Registrar Virtual University apprised the Committee about its one project which related to distant learning in fields of I.T, Management and Science. Representatives of the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and Punjab Information Technology Boards and National Telecommunication Company apprised the Committee about their PSDP projects.
The Committee appreciated the appreciated the performance of the I.T organizations and extended its allout support for development of I.T sector in the Country. The Committee was unanimous in its view that knowledge based economy would boost to the national economy. They also asked all the organizations to focus on market driven skill development specially the fresh graduates. The Committee also decided to have a meeting with Federal Board of Revenue for creating conducive environment for I.T Sector through rationalizing taxes.
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Naz Baloch, Syed Mehmood Shah, Secretary M/o Information Technology & Telecommunication and other officers of concerned departments