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Call centre moot may attract big investment

 January 25, 2005. The News

By a correspondent

 

http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/jan2005-daily/25-01-2005/business/b14.htm

 

KARACHI: An international conference on ‘Call Centre Investment Opportunities’ is being organised here on January 29 and 30, 2005 in a bid to attract investment of billions of dollars in the area of information technology.

Eveready Communications (Pvt) Limited is organising the conference in collaboration with the Board of Investment (BoI), Ministry of Information Technology, Pakistan Software Export Board and Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA).

Federal Minister of Information Technology Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari is expected to be the chief guest at the inaugural session of the conference, aimed at providing the businessmen, entrepreneurs, bankers, IT professionals and investors with an opportunity to analyse the success stories of international leaders in the field of call centre.

It is estimated the conference will create investment opportunities for setting up a $50 billion industry in Pakistan with an annual growth rate of 30 per cent, closely integrated with the $700 billion e-commerce industry worldwide.

Speakers from five different continents are taking part in the conference. These include Waseem Haqqie, Chairman Board of Investment; Dr Aamir Matin, Managing Director Pakistan Software Export Board; Barry Southern, Chairman 3D Networks, Australia; Sundip Sudhir, Head of Asia Pacific Telepti Sweden; Chris Luxford, CEO Planet One Singapore; Romi Malhotra, Country Manager DELL, India; Rakesh Gupta, Chairman Astra Netcom, India; Mark Parker, Chief Operating Officer NovaTel, US; Abdullah Butt, President Association of Call Centre Operators, Pakistan; Gill Nutt, CCIM Call Centre, UK; Alastair Winston, CTO Cincom, UK and Sanjev Patel, Managing Director Easi Call, UK.

The organisers of the event are of the view that the conference will play a major role in putting Pakistan on the roadmap of this industry, providing excellent training and employment opportunities for educated class under the guidance of foreign experts.

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