TDAP meets with IT & ITES companies
A good number of company representatives met up with the representatives of the newly formed Services Export Development Cell at the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan’s office in Karachi yesterday to explore the possibilities of growing the IT and ITES exports of Pakistan.
Mr. Mujeeb Khan, Advsior to the SEDC and the Head of the WTO Cell at TDAP welcomed the visitors and explained what the objectives of TDAP were.
Mr. Talib Baloch, Acting MD of PSEB, brought in the role that PSEB expected to play and how they viewed this partnership between TDAP, PSEB and P@SHA.
Since I was given an opportunity to state my views, they had to listen to me as well ;). Here is what I said:
After the three of us had said our piece, those present were asked to jump in, state their pain points and solutions, hilighting a couple that could be addressed right away. It was a highly energized and very open discourse and, as expected, some of the participants came up with ideas that can be implemented in the short term.
While availability of quality human resource to scale up was still considered a high priority, the number one priority for companies appeared to be market access. The issue with VoIP was also discussed and TDAP has promised to take it up at the highest level. This is their first test ;). Let us see how they do.
A couple of other things that we collectively felt TDAP could do immediately were:
1. Set up a technology pavilion at all domestic exhibitions that TDAP organizes for different industry sectors. Here companies who have solutions for that sector can showcase their products and services and be available to answer questions.
2. Similarly for international exhibitions that TDAP participates in, the technology corner should be an integral part of the Pakistan presence.
These two actions on the part of TDAP create more opportunities in the domestic and the international market for local IT and ITES companies.
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