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Shaukat urges private sector to invest in IT industry
March
5, 2005. Pakistan Link

http://www.pakistanlink.com/Headlines/Mar05/04/01.htm

 

LAHORE: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has urged the private sector to invest in information technology industry to benefit from the opportunities of this fast growing field. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of IT Village, the software technology park set up by NETSOL Technologies at Ghazi Road here Friday.

The inauguration ceremony was attended among others by Punjab Governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool, Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, State Minister for Information Technology Ali Asjad Malhi, Chairman NETSOL Technologies Najeeb Ghauri, President NETSOL Salim Ghauri, senior officials and representatives of Pakistani and foreign IT companies.

Shaukat Aziz said that the vision for Pakistan was that of a high growth country, observing that this could be translated into reality by investing in non-traditional sectors like information technology, in addition to the traditional ones. Referring to his recent meeting with a group of businessmen representing 30 leading Pakistani companies in Islamabad, he said the brainstorming session with them focused on opportunities of investment in the information technology sector.

The government, he said, had taken many steps over the last several years to provide an enabling environment to this sector. "We have opened the telecom sector besides developing infrastructure and providing incentives to the IT sector," he remarked.

He said that most of the telecom sector was going to be privatized soon, and expressed the hope that the rates of telecom services would be further reduced in the wake of privatization.

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