Software Parks – government giving free land?

December 26, 2007 at 3:51 pm 3 comments

Tech Lahore picked up a story that appeared in Dawn which stated, and I quote:

To encourage investors, Ali Tallae* pointed out that the government has offered various incentives including plan to offer free of cost land for the project.

(*Syed Ai Tallae is apparently the Counsellor Technical Affairs at the Pakistan Mission in China). This was in reference to Chinese companies wanting to invest in putting up a software park in Lahore. The GoP wants to encourage the setting up of software parks in the major cities, according to the news story, and is willing to offer incentives.

If there is any truth to this, and the government is planning to offer free land for software park projects, I am sure that the larger IT companies in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad wouldn’t mind having some of that land. It would certainly be better than paying the Rs. 8 crore per acre which was being quoted to us only a few months ago.

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  • 1. aijaz  |  December 26, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    What is the situation of STPs in lahore, islamabad and karachi? Do they provide any help to startups?
    Any clue? please write on this topic also.

    Thanks.

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  • 2. Jehan  |  December 26, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    What kind of help do you mean Aijaz? There are a couple of STPs each in Islamabad and Lahore – and from what I understand they are full to capacity. There are two facilities in Karachi as well which are supposedly software parks. They have space available and they have connectivity. Other than that I really do not think they offer any other assistance.

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  • 3. اعجاز  |  December 30, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    well, i meant what are their contract requirements for a new company to get infrastructure support from them? Do they have any incubation project to support tech ventures from universities and or industry? etc.

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