Last update: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 02am

IT and Computers: Pakistan


The Minister of State for IT & Telecom, Anusha Rehman while inaugurating a flagship digital lab during the digital festival organised by Telenor Pakistan has said that the government and industry needs to work hand in hand to realize the agenda of "Digital Pakistan" and meaningful contribution of IT & Connectivity to socio economic welfare of our masses.
The Punjab government has set aside an amount of Rs 13.95 billion in budget 2016-17 for Governance & IT sector for implementation of projects sponsored by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and other government departments.
Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Dr Umar Saif said Punjab government has shown good governance as one of its top priorities by increasing its budget up to 63 percent as compared to last year. Commenting on the new Punjab budget for the next financial year, he said an amount of Rs 13.95 billion had been earmarked for Governance & IT Sector sponsored by PITB and other Government Departments against last year's Rs 8.54 billion.
A memorandum of understanding was signed on Saturday between the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade and Chinese Company Cheezmall. A board spokesperson said the company had already established an office in Islamabad and was looking to expand its operations in Pakistan. The Chinese firm is particularly interested in collaborating with the board in various e-commerce projects.
Two digital houses have been merged to create a singular platform which would effectively address the digital requirements of the local market for which SEED Ventures has acquired Click 9 and merged it with Gizelle Digital to form DG-9.
Pakistan's No 1 hotel booking website, Jovago.com, has announced its partnership with the global hotel industry's leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, to mark its first time enabling seamless online distribution for hotel clients. The agreement enlists Jovago.com among the more than 300 channels integrated with SiteMinder's Channel Manager and means mutual hotel clients can now seamlessly update their inventory and room rates to the booking portal.
A seminar on "awareness of cyber crimes and social media ethics", which was arranged by the Computer Cell and Institute of Business Management, took place at the University of Engineering and Technology(UET) in Lahore on Friday. The seminar also saw the Deputy Director of the Federal Investigation Agency's Cyber Wing in the Punjab, Syed Shahid Hassan, who was a guest speaker, saying, "The misuse of rapidly growing information technology and its associated devices are raising the rate of crimes very high.