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The International IT Company, Microsoft is seriously thinking on the establishment of Microsoft Innovation Centre in Peshawar in collaboration with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Department. This was revealed in a meeting of a delegation of Microsoft Company and the high ups of the Provincial Information Technology Department held here on Friday.

Computer industry has sought assistance of the Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP) to provide necessary support to the computer importers and vendors for making them competitive in the region and rational taxation policy to curb smuggling and illicit business practices.
In the opening address at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), CEO Brian Krzanich highlighted new products, tools and programmes that support the growing personalization of computing and described the trends creating new opportunities for developers across an unprecedented breadth of technologies. Krzanich said computing has become increasingly personal, enhancing nearly all aspects of life. "Computers are not only growing smarter and more connected, but gaining senses," he added.
Haier Pakistan is setting up the country's first assembly line in Lahore, in collaboration with the Chinese home appliance and electronics giant, the Haier Group. The first test run of 1,000 laptops manufactured at the Haier Pakistan Lahore plant was successfully completed earlier this year, and based on that success the company has set itself a target of 150,000 units for the year 2016.
"With the availability of latest Centerm thin client devices in Pakistan, not only the organizations of all sizes but the home users as well can have access to the world class products for all their computing needs with much less operating expense than conventional computers," said Chief Executive Officer Khawaja Samiullah Askari of the NC Inc, Centerm's Regional Distributor for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Centerm's thin clients - the smallest computers are all set to hit the local markets shortly that run android and windows operating systems easily with a high definition output. The Centerm's thin clients are fashioned to cater to the needs of small and medium enterprises and home users, besides offering a convenient mode to the academic institutions, banking and financial sectors for usage. The price of thin client is cheaper comparing to the bigger PCs and consumes less electricity.
Small and medium size businesses, besides enterprises in Pakistan can automate their processes using the best available IT platform without spending too much with pay-as-you-grow subscription model under Oracle Cloud Platform. "Not only organisations in banking and telecom sectors are utilising cloud computing but textiles, logistics, other manufacturing sectors, SMEs and start-up businesses are also adapting to new technologies in Pakistan," Country Sales Director, Pakistan & Afghanistan at Oracle Waqas Hashmi said.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
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