CMMI Auditors training held in Marriott, Islamabad.
PSEB plans to create CMMI Auditors in the country for which PSEB has completed Phase-I of this program and has trained 30 professionals of the IT Industry on "Introduction to CMMI for Development version 1.3". These trainings were conducted at Islamabad and Lahore as per the following schedule:
10-12 March, 2015
14-16 April, 2015
Phase-II of this program is expected to be launched in August, 2015 or later.
Saif ur Rehman Korai
Pakistan Software Export Board
Ministry of IT & Telecom
Government of Pakistan
i2c Announces Opening of Office in London to Serve Growing European Customer Base
LONDON – 14 April 2015- i2c, Inc., a provider of payment processing and emerging commerce solutions, today announced that Stephen Grice has joined the company as General Manager, Europe. Based in London, Mr. Grice will be leading i2c’s market expansion efforts across the European continent.
A financial services veteran with 28 years of experience Stephen was Head of Prepaid UK and Ireland at MasterCard. Previously, he served in several international roles including Product and Marketing Director for Citigroup Global Cards, Business Development and as Product Director with Virgin Money. His extensive global experience spans over 20 countries having worked in South America, the United States and Asia, as well as Europe.
At i2c, Stephen will focus on developing key markets in the European region and foster strategic partnerships with regional and international partners.
“We are committed to expanding our presence in Europe, building on the growing success we are experiencing in the market. Stephen's extensive knowledge about the region and industry will play a pivotal role in making i2c the number one processor of choice on the continent. The opening of i2c’s London office demonstrates our commitment to this important economic region”, says Amir Wain, i2c's CEO.
Stephen commented “I am delighted to be joining a world class team and to be leading the business expansion efforts for i2c in Europe. Financial institutions, card program managers and brands are seeking differentiated solutions that offer consumers better payment experiences and i2c is well positioned to provide best in class processing solutions.”
The i2c London Office is located in the City of London at:
New Broad Street House
35 New Broad Street
ISLAMABAD - March 31, 2015 - The honorable Minister of State for IT, Ms. 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. All members of the Board of Directors attended the meeting including Secretary IT and MD PSEB. Private sector was represented by CEO Netsol and Chairman P@SHA.
The Minister stated that Ministry of IT has already declared the current year as “the Year of IT”. Hence, PSEB should focus on capacity building of IT companies and international marketing of IT products to further strengthen Pakistan’s IT sector. She said that capacity enhancement of IT the sector though public private partnership will certainly enhance the volume of IT exports. Initiation of CMMI certification program of PSEB will go a long way in improving the quality of IT companies and their products and services.
MD PSEB, Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, apprised the board regarding recent achievements of PSEB starting with a 35% growth in IT exports over last year with a forecast of $500 million in IT remittances for 2014-15. He reported that the number of software houses and call centers registered with PSEB has increased by 12% during the first 8 months of 2014-15. He mentioned that PSEB had setup a Pakistan Pavilion for the first time in the history of Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona where mobile apps companies of Pakistan demonstrated their expertise in design and development of mobile apps and games. Around 110 leads were generated from the event with an expected business value of $1 million. He also mentioned that a Saudi group is exploring the option of acquiring different IT companies of Pakistan and then taking them public through IPOs. PSEB is their strategic partner and roadshows will be organized in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi in end of April for this purpose.
Minister of State for IT, Ms. Anusha Rahman, directed PSEB to explore new incubation projects on the pattern of Google’s TechCity, etc. which could be financed through SAARC Development Fund. The Minister further directed MD PSEB to concentrate on the CMMI certification project and that PSEB may train 5-6 auditors initially and then these auditors will audit and certify maturity level of IT companies with exports potential of $1 million a year or more.
The minister applauded PSEB’s efforts for reducing bandwidth tariffs by 35% for IT companies and hence reducing their cost of operations. The Minister directed PSEB that every project proposal must be submitted with clear timelines so that its progress and results could be monitored on a regular basis in order to get optimum results. She asked PSEB to focus on capacity enhancement of IT companies and directed PSEB to explore ways and means to help starts ups and young entrepreneurs. She further directed PSEB to launch capacity enhancement programs for IT companies which could prove to be instrumental in boosting IT exports of Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD - March 04, 2015 - Pakistan on Tuesday won “The 2015 Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award” for successfully auctioning spectrum for 3G/4G services in Pakistan in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands, April last year.
The awards was received by State Minister for IT and Telecom Anusha Rehman in the Mobile World Congress Conference, being held in Barcelona, Spain.
More than 1,200 key government and regulatory representatives from around the world are meeting with industry leaders to discuss specific regulatory issues relating to innovation and development of mobile communications. This year, the Ministerial Programme has attracted more than 160 delegations and international organisations, representing all regions. According to a press release from GSMA, the Government Mobile Excellence Awards, this year, comprised of two categories. The first was government Leadership and second was Spectrum for Mobile Broadband.
According to GSMA officials The 2015 Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award was presented to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for its significant achievements in driving growth in the use of mobile services and maximising the socio-economic impact of the mobile industry in the country.
Since the auction, there has been a rapid uptake of 3G services, bringing significant benefits to consumers and the national economy and providing huge growth potential for industry players including operators, device manufacturers, application developers and distributors, the officials noted, adding, the rapid roll-out of 3G and 4G services is boosting growth and efficiency in all sectors including education, banking, media, health and retailing, as well as being a key enabler for innovative e-services such as e-medicine and e-education in rural and remote areas of Pakistan, the officials noted.
The Government Leadership Award 2015, was presented to the Government of Brazil and the Minister of Communications, Ricardo Berzoini, received it.
Brazil was awarded in recognition of number of policy approaches adopted in 2014, which, underpinned phenomenal growth in the broadband subscriber base and have led to Brazil having the highest proportion of 3G connections in Latin America, the release said.
While announcing the award, GSMA officials highlighted both countries commitments in the sector.
“The governments of Brazil and Pakistan have demonstrated a clear commitment to putting mobile at the top of their digital agendas,” said Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “We encourage administrations from around the globe to be inspired by their achievements and adopt similar best practice measures in order to encourage greater mobile industry investment, support innovation and increase the provision of mobile services for their citizens,” he added.
According to officials of Pakistani delegation, State Minister for IT and Telecom, Anusha Rehman while accepting the award on behalf of the Government of Pakistan said that the award was an indication of the global community reposing its trust in the Telecommunication Sector policy practices of the Government of Pakistan.
In a short span of 6 to 8 months, after the launch of 3G/4G service, the mobile broadband subscriptions for 3G stand at around 10 million. The Spectrum auction for next generation mobile services has not only enabled the people of Pakistan to gain access to mobile broadband services and be at par with rest of the world in terms of mobile broadband technology but has also successfully encouraged investment in mobile networks in Pakistan, Rehman said in her key note address.
She added that her government has accorded highest priority to the development of ICT infrastructure and applications for the provision of quality services, education, employment generation and women empowerment.
The awards were presented as part of the GSMA’s annual Ministerial Programme at Mobile World Congress. More than 1,200 key government and regulatory representatives from around the world are meeting with industry leaders to discuss specific regulatory issues relating to innovation and development of mobile communications. This year, the Ministerial Programme has attracted more than 160 delegations and international organisations, representing all regions. The 2015 Ministerial Programme is sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services.
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.
Anusha Rahman Khan is leading a delegation of Pakistan at the annual GSMA Mobile World Congress. She is accompanied by Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Managing Director Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB). According to Ministry of IT officials, besides other bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the event, Rehman also participated in the Ministerial Roundtable on “Digital Inclusion - Role of e-Government” and shared her plans with the global technology and policy leadership on utilising the concept of E-governance for good governance and for ensuring all inclusive socio economic opportunity for the people of Pakistan through affordable and innovative ICT services. Ministry of IT has also facilitated PSEB for setting up fist ever Pakistan pavilion at the mobile world congress showcasing Pakistan expertise in IT sector. The Pakistan pavilion attracted lot of attention from visitors.
Affordably and effectively replace manual attendance management with a Robust Solution at 20 different locations in 11 cities of Pakistan.
The manual, paper-based attendance management system in use by Kidz N Kidz was insufficient for the growing needs of their Human Resource. Kidz N Kidz required a turnkey, automated solution to simultaneously track and audit employee time & attendance, at 20 different locations in 11 cities of Pakistan.
Proposed Solution: TimeTrax-Cloud based HCM Software & TT-PT7 Biometric Fingerprint Devices
After evaluation of a variety of HR Solutions and vendors by Kidz N Kidz, they were impressed by the interface, user-friendliness, intuitive nature and wide-ranging features offered by TimeTrax. Keeping in mind the HR challenges faced by Kidz N Kidz, the eAttendance module and TT-PT7 Biometric Fingerprint Devices of the TimeTrax were proposed by the HR Consultants at EfroTech:
Selecting the TimeTrax Solution immediately resolved several issues that were hindering their workforce productivity. With TimeTrax - The Intuitively Managed Employees' Tracking system - Kidz N Kidz has experienced great benefits, ranging from true attendance picture at each outlet, elimination of buddy-punching and most importantly relief to HR personnel from tedious task of gathering and compiling branch-wise attendance data. Thus allowing them to take the organization towards its true HR potential.
They are maintaining employees' late arrivals & early departure details conveniently & completely. Issues in managing employees’ attendance have been eliminated. They have got centralized attendance management in place for 20 remote branches, in 11 cities throughout the Pakistan.
Commenting on implementation of the TimeTrax HCM Solution, Javed A. Rahat (Manager Finance & Accounts/I.T) notes,
“We got TimeTrax cloud-based eAttendance software along with a reliable TT-PT7 Biometric Fingerprint Devices few months ago for our time & attendance management, we approached several companies but eventually we decided to go with TimeTrax the best among the rest and rightly so. It is an amazingly smart and easy-to-use Solution that is adaptable and affordable for any business. Most impressive of all is their customer service, they continue to provide quick support when needed, now Kidz n Kidz has gained true visibility into the entire staff and tracking over 200 employees at 20 different locations, in 11 cities across Pakistan. As per our need rises we are highly convinced to take remaining modules of TimeTrax since it is a complete HCM Software for any company and a highly recommendable too.”
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TT-PT7 Biometric Fingerprint Devices
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