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PITB and P@SHA to Conduct First Census of the IT Industry

by Mahrukh Sarwar

The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) have joined hands to conduct the country’s first census of the information technology industry.

The announcement was made by the Chairman of PITB, Dr. Umar Saif, at the 3rd PITB Roundtable Conference in Lahore, which had been called to open consultations on the recently released first draft of the Punjab IT Policy 2016.

Over 120 members of the IT industry, including executives, entrepreneurs and academics were in attendance, including  Ms. Jehan Ara, President of P@SHA, Mr. Wahaj Siraj, CEO of Nayatel and Mr. Salman Ansari, one of the key architects of the National IT Policy formulated in 2000.

The Punjab IT Policy 2016 aims to address issues related to access to ICTs for citizens, improving digital financial inclusion, quality of education, promotion of entrepreneurship, taxation, and attracting investments in the IT industry.

Read more: PITB Opens Public Consultation for Punjab IT Policy 2016

During the conference, Dr. Saif also announced the formation of a Digital Advocacy Task Force that will formulate recommendations pertaining to cyber-bullying, right to information, privacy, harassment and digital rights.

The Punjab IT Policy will be available for online consultation till November 25, 2016 and can be accessed at www.policy.pitb.gov.pk.

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