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Pakistan and Bangladesh new collabration for Software services :

Pakistani IT firms are likely to avail all possible opportunities to worpakistan-bangladeshk with Bangladesh?s financial and public sectors seeking rapid automation of their multiple systems, President Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA), Jehan Ara said. The country IT software houses see Bangladesh as a lucrative and long-lasting market for rendering its various programming, application and consulting services in the years to come. In this regard, PASHA has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh Software and Information Services (BASIS) recently for the trade of IT related services in various fields. Some companies like TPS Pakistan, NADRA, Acrologix and others have already been engaged in providing services to various Bangladeshi private and public sector firms, it is learnt. The MoU and visits, seminars and networking opportunities will add impetus to the growing relationship between the industries of both countries, she said. source : www.dailytimes.com ?

The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) along with other stakeholders is finding ways to boost software exports.

A meeting on Thursday about ?fact-finding and strategy to boost the IT sector in Pakistan? organised by the Services Export Development Cell (SEDC), a newly formed division at TDAP observed that IT had tremendous scope globally for which joint efforts between the public and the private sector should be made to eliminate the gaps.

Pakistan Software Export Board Managing Director Talib Baloch said, ?Pakistan can take its due market share only after eliminating the core obstacles which include lack of a proper legal and logistic framework, security issues, financing to the local companies and means to develop and retain quality human resource?.

He said the academia should be in line with the requirement and expertise needed by IT industry. In order to achieve the export target of $6 billion by 2013, he said, the country must produce half a million trained IT graduates for which curriculum development, teachers training and student orientation to the new concepts of IT is of crucial importance.

Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA) President Jehan Ara, said the IT companies suffered due to the global economic crunch. She expressed the need for a National Policy to drive IT at this point in time, to get rid of the hurdles.

Source : www.thenews.com.pk

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