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Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman chaired the 29th meeting of the Board of Directors of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) to assess the state of the IT industry of Pakistan and to evaluate the steps being taken to bolster long-term growth of the IT industry, to boost IT exports, and to attract investment for the IT sector.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is fast making headways to develop a primary infrastructure to augment its information technology sector with linking all key businesses to post a bigger growth in agriculture, healthcare, tourism etc. There are already two information technology parks in the province - one in Peshawar and the other in Abbotabad to support 70 software developing companies with 80 percent rent and as many power subsidies, besides free of cost broadband facility.
Institution of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Pakistan, generally known as IEEEP is the largest body representing electrical, electronics and all its Sub-disciplines like telecommunication, bio-medical, avionics, computers, controls, mechatronics etc. in Pakistan and was established in 1969. IEEEP Karachi Centre conducts monthly technical seminars for encouragement of students and a Multi Topic-International Symposium every year where learned and senior engineers from Pakistan as well as outside participate by presenting their original papers
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain on Friday said there was need to promote and facilitate economic progress of developing countries through transfer of technology. The Minister was addressing the participants after inaugurating Pak-China Business Forum (PCBF) here at Friendship Centre on Friday along with Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Wei Dong.
The government is in the process of enacting a law through the Prevention of Electronic Crime Bill, 2014, to localise YouTube, a video-sharing website, and unblock it in the country.
"Technology brought peace to my community," said CEO, Manzil Foundation, Shazia Mirza, who runs charity schools in the city's slum, believing that a rapid change in education for poor is possible through the internet.
Microsoft Pakistan has set yet another example of nurturing local talent from all corners of the country. The company, under its Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) initiative, has enrolled and trained over 50 students from remote regions of the country.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 20, 2015
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