Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Sindh Govt to exploit IT talent, says Ibad

KARACHI: Govt to exploit IT talent, says Ibad
KARACHI, Dec 29: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has said that Pakistan, particularly Karachi, is rich in human resource and the government is paying full attention to its development to benefit out of the same.

He was speaking at a conference on "opportunities of investment in the IT sector," held by the Association of Pakistani Scientists and Engineers, North America, on Monday. Provincial IT Minister Syed Mustafa Kamal, Irshad Ahmed Jilani, Khurshid Shah and others also spoke at the moot.

The governor said that government was concentrating on research for development of human resources and teaching centres were being established in varsities, with the cooperation of private sector.

He said that out put of private investment in the field of science and technology was encouraging, adding that besides foreign investment, the government was also laying emphasis on absorption of local experts within the country.

Dr Ibad said it had been decided to acquire the services of 300 such experts who would be paid a monthly emoluments of Rs200,000. He observed that though the amount might look small to the experts working in developed countries, yet, hopefully, they would accept this offer to contribute in national development.

He pointed out that in Sindh a well-equipped department was working for IT promotion and to link the government departments through modern technology. He informed that work was in progress to bring transparency in the revenue records and other related matters through IT.

Dr Ibad said that steps like improvement in law and order, availability of infrastructure, simplification of rules and regulations and to make them investment friendly were producing encouraging results. He told the conference that Karachi was emerging as an economic hub in the region. -APP

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