ISLAMABAD: Pakistani freelancers achieved export revenue of $216.788 million in the first half (July-December) of the current fiscal year 2021-22, at a growth rate of 16.74% compared to $185.698 million from last year, said Syed Aminul Haque, Federal Foreign Minister. Information technologies and telecommunications.
The minister said freelancers earned export revenue of $216.788 million, including IT, $163.881 million and non-IT, $52.907 million between July and December 2021.
Export revenue registered a growth rate of 16.74% compared to last year’s export revenue of $185.698 million, including IT, $173.327 million and non-IT, $12.371 million dollars between July and December 2020.
The minister also said that remittances for IT exports from freelancers during July to December of the 2021-2022 financial year amounted to $163.881 million, which represents 12.59% of the total remittances of funds for ICT exports of $1,301.880 million over the same period.
The Minister also inaugurated the National Information Technology Council Secure Data Center under the Ministry of Information Technology at a cost of Rs 330 million.
The center has a storage capacity of 500 terabytes which would ensure safe testing of ministries, departmental websites, mobile apps and web portals. Haque said the most active and effective role of the IT Ministry in realizing the Prime Minister’s digital Pakistan vision is in front of everyone. E-office activities in more ministries are booming, so all these institutions can be digitized. In this regard, more than 15,000 government officials and employees have been trained in electronic office.
He added that a state-of-the-art data center has been set up in accordance with cybersecurity requirements, which will help in establishing a secure testing environment for websites, mobile applications and web portals of government agencies and ministries. NST. Previously, testing of applications and web portals was performed by NTC or a third party. There were risks of data leaks or hacking in this process which has been eliminated, he added.
The minister said the bill to make the NITB independent has been passed by the National Assembly. He also said the bill would pass through political lobbying in the Senate. He said the NITB has developed more than 25 web portals and 15 mobile apps and handed them over to various government agencies. Among these applications web portals are Successful Youth Program Portal, Citizens of Pakistan Portal, Code 19 Mobile Application and Web Portal, Online Education Portal, Pak Naghban Mobile Application, Portal national employment, Betty app, while City Islamabad app was prepared by NITB under which more than Rs 1 billion in revenue was collected in the last financial year and remitted to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
Haque said that the basis of democracy is the system of local governments, but in Sindh, the PPP government has taken all powers away from local representatives and they are in control.
Their powers under the 18th Federation Amendment cannot be confined to the House of the Chief Minister. The Supreme Court’s decision to harmonize all local government laws under Section 140A is historic. This is not a victory for the MQM but for the people, he added.
IT Secretary, Dr. Sohail Rajput, Legal Member, Telecom Member, International Coordination Member, MD NTC, Acting Executive Director of NITB and other officials were also present on the occasion.
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