Govt’s support needed to boost country’s share in global IT trade: PBIF

ISLAMABAD (INP): Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) President Mian Zahid Hussain on Wednesday said the country’s share in the global IT trade stands at mere one percent but it can be improved through the government’s support in consultation with Pakistan Software Houses Association (PaSHA). “Other regional countries like India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar have shown better results as compared to Pakistan which should be noticed,” he said. Hussain said that despite odds, the Pakistan’s IT sector has grown by 76 percent in three years while the exports have jumped by 98 percent in four years which reflects the efforts of Jehan Ara, Shehzad Shahid, Barkan Saeed, Ali Syed, Haider Altaf Janjua and Jawwad Ahmed Farid for that Pakistan Software Houses Association deserve utmost appreciation. He said, “We have over 15,000 registered companies while this sector needs over 20,000 IT graduates while the supply is less than half of it.”

IT universities are not providing education that can help in the fast-changing world, he added.



Bahraini team to participate in Expo 2017


ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan’s Ambassador to Bahrain, Javed Malik has said that a sizeable business delegation from Bahrain will be participating in the Expo Pakistan taking place in Karachi between Nov 9-11, 2017, which indicates the visible interest among the Bahraini and overseas Pakistani businessmen in the opportunities of business and trade being offered by Pakistan. While speaking to the Bahraini business community at a recently organised seminar to motivate and encourage their participation in Expo Pakistan 2017, the ambassador said “Expo Pakistan has established itself as one of the most important and high profile gathering of distinguished business leaders, traders, and economic experts in the region which creates a unique opportunity for Bahraini and gulf-based businessmen to connect with reputable partners to expand their businesses.” He said that more than 50 countries are expected to participate in the four-day mega event that would showcase and promote the largest collection of Pakistan's export merchandise, products and services to the world.



Mechanised cotton picking introduced to save labour cost

ISLAMABAD (APP): Ministry of Commerce and Textile Industry has introduced mechanised cotton picking in the country in order to save the huge labour cost incurred on crop picking, besides saving the time as well as making the local output more competitive in domestic and international markets. The cotton picking machine has been imported from Uzbekistan with an aim to overcome the labour cost on the cop as well as to overcome labour shortage during the crop peak of picking season in different crop growing areas of the country, said Cotton Commissioner Dr Khalid Abdullah. He said that the initiative will also help in mechanisation of cotton farms and fields, besides reducing the labour cost and saving the crop from the climate effects including torrential rains. He said that cotton picking machine was imported by the Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) in collaboration with private sector for promoting innovative and mechanised farming in the country to enhance per-acre crop output for alleviating poverty from the rural areas of the country.



Zong 4G to unleash 'A New Dream' across Pakistan

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): The Zong 4G has more than 70 percent of the market share of 4G in the country. It also currently has the highest number of sites including 4G, numbering more than 10,500 throughout Pakistan. Maham Dard, Director Corporate Affairs and spokesperson Zong 4G, said in a statement issued on Wednesday that Zong 4G is the only and the best way for any Pakistani to adapt to the digital 4G lifestyle. It’s very simple, if anyone wants to win a race, he/she would prefer to have the fastest car, not the slowest one. Right now, Zong 4G is fastest, reliable and the most preferred network in the country, that’s why it is customers' first choice for their digital needs. As the company prepares to further expand its 4G footprint across the country, it remains focused on maintaining its standing as the digital lifestyle partner of choice for every Pakistani. By setting the standard for high-speed wireless connectivity Zong 4G has set the benchmark against which the level of digitisation in the country is measured against.

Based on its extensive experience and expertise with regard to 4G connectivity, Zong 4G is well poised to unleash its vision of 'A New Dream' across Pakistan.