The lack of skilled manpower in the IT sector is a major hurdle in the way of IT sector growth in Pakistan, said computer scientist and former Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif.
Talking to a private channel, Saif said that the IT industry in Pakistan is taking off and is growing. As per Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), 2,826 IT companies have registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) during this financial year.
Umar Saif says that officially Pakistan’s IT exports stand at $1 – 1.25bn but the actual figures stand at $3-3.5bn.
Comparing the IT exports of Pakistan with neighboring India, Saif said that the Indian IT exports stood at $100 billion, which is 30 times more than Pakistan’s. “This is because the Indian IT industry employs over 4.5 million people as compared to Pakistan which has only 125,000 persons in this sector.”