The State Minister for IT Anusha Rehman on Thursday urged IT companies not to hide actual sales while reporting to PSEB and State Bank if they want Pakistan to be taken seriously as a major player in the global IT market.

“State bank’s remittance figures are much below than the actual exports figure of Pakistan’s IT industry. This hurts perception of size of Pakistan’s IT industry abroad with foreign customers, According to a PR, Rehman said while chairing of the Board of Directors of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB).

She mentioned that a consultant selected by Korean Exim bank will visit Islamabad next month to start feasibility study for a new state-of-the-art IT Park in Islamabad. The IT Park will create new jobs as well as boost IT exports providing eco system to bolster growth.

Rehman directed PSEB to conduct a series of workshops on growing IT exports where IT startups and young entrepreneurs would be guided and mentored by CEOs of leading IT companies of Pakistan. She appreciated her own ministry and PSEB in concluding lease agreement with CAA to acquire land in Karachi for a new IT park there.

For land in Lahore, she instructed PSEB to coordinate with government of Punjab.