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Survey on IT Industry Standardization through International Certifications and Accreditation of PSEB

Pakistan's growing IT sector is facing increased pressure to provide cost effective quality products. Obtaining an international quality certification helped Pakistan's IT companies in wining customer confidence. Companies having International Certification also enjoy an increased sense of legitimacy and global trust.

 

A few of the IT companies have already achieved these certifications either through PSEB sponsored programs or independently but the cost of each is very high. To bring the IT industry at next level, PSEB is very keen to re-launch its Industry Certification Program. PSEB plans to move for its own accreditation program to ensure the continuity of this program and to drastically decrease the cost for IT companies.

 

Industry has also expressed the need of an independent software-testing lab in recent meetings with PSEB.  Please provide us some feedback about this initiative too. The options here are to subsidize Pakistani software companies to have their products tested from internationally recognized software labs, or to set up a software testing lab in Pakistan and have these products tested locally. Both these options have their merits and demerits. We would like your opinion on which option would be the most relevant and beneficial for the Pakistani software industry.

 

We are in process of evaluating the real need of the industry and to get the first hand knowledge to select the most relevant certifications as well. Please send us reply of the following questions.

 

1. Please answer the following questions (ranking between 1 to 5, where 5 is most desired and 1 is least desired):

 

Sr #

Question

Rank

1

Subsidized International company certifications (e.g., CMMI, ISO)

 

2

Independent Quality Assurance Lab for software products

 

3

PSEB Accreditation to Certify IT companies on selected standards

 

 

2. Please select the certification you think most appropriate for IT business. You may select more than one.

 

Certification

Yes/No

CMMi

 

Level

 

ITIL

 

ISO27001

 

ISO20000

 

ISO9001

 

Any Other

 

 

 

3. Software Testing Lab

 

Managed by

Yes/No

PSEB

 

Independent entity

 

Private Company

 

If  any other, please suggest

 

 

Best Regards,

Shaukat Ali

Director Technical /CTO

Pakistan Software Export Board (G) Ltd

Ministry of Information Technology

2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex

F-5, Aga Khan Road

Islamabad.

Prime Minister Youth Business Loan Scheme (PMYBL)

Prime Minister’s ‘Youth Business Loan’, for young entrepreneurs between the age group of 21 - 45 years, is designed to provide subsidized financing at 8.0% mark-up per annum for one hundred thousand (100,000) beneficiaries, through designated financial institutions, initially through National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and First Women Bank Ltd. (FWBL). Small business loan with tenure up to 8 years, with first year grace period, and a debt equity of 90 : 10 will be disbursed to SME beneficiaries across Pakistan, covering; Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It has a 50% quota for women and 5% quota for families of Shaheeds, Widows and Disabled persons.

In order to facilitate  Prime Minister’s ‘Youth Business Loan’, PSEB seeks active participation of software houses/IT companies to come up with an action plan and provide handholding support to loan beneficiaries of Prime Minister Youth Business Loan program.

It is therefore requested to visit
http://www.smeda.org/index.php?option=com_phocadownload&view=category&id=110:Information_Technology&Itemid=643

and review the pre-feasibilities related to business/service domains. If you have ideas for more workable proposals to the list for prospective loan beneficiaries, please contact Mr. Meer Anwar, Software Development Manager SMEDA, through phone 0321-4114322 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further discussion and coordination.


Saif-ur-Rehman Korai
Director Project
Pakistan Software Export Board (G) Limited
2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex, F-5 Aga Khan Road, Islamabad
Telephone: 051-9211094, 9204074 (Ext-128)
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Punjab International IT, Science and Technology Competition 2014

Punjab Youth Festival 2014, organized by the Government of Punjab, was inaugurated by Provincial Minister for Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan. The festival would continue till April 2014 encompassing a multifaceted set of events. The complete list of events is available at
http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/Dls/PYF2014/schedule/SchedulePYF2014.html

The festival program includes Punjab IT Exhibitions/Competitions and Punjab International Science & Technology Exhibitions/Competitions and would encompass the most comprehensive IT events to be orchestrated within the Punjab Youth Festival 2014. Event modules cover all pivotal categories of the engineering domain. Competitions of each category are designed for participants to flex their creative and technical abilities. Further information is on the event is available at http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/EngineeringEvents/

PSEB member companies would pay Rs. 8,000 to exhibit for the entire duration of the Exhibition. Application forms and TORs for exhibiting are available at http://www.pseb.org.pk/images/TenderTORs/application__tors_exhibitions2014.doc
and must be submitted with  following documents 

•    Demand draft of PKR 8,000 in favor of Pakistan Software Export Board (Refundable in case of non-selection).
•    Duly filled-in application Form.
•    Signed TORs.

Kindly submit your application and bank draft along with the above mentioned documents to the undersigned on February 22, 2014 by 11 A.M. Please note that only companies with PSEB’s valid membership would be considered.

Jahanzaib Shafi
Manager International Marketing
Pakistan Software Export Board
Ministry of IT & Telecom
2nd Floor Evacuee Trust Complex F-5,
Agha Khan Road,Islamabad.Pakistan

UAN +92-51-111-333-666 Ext 112
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
website: http://www.pseb.org.pk , http://www.it.org.pk

Nomination for IT Advisory Panel

Pakistan Software Export Board hereby solicits nominations for an advisory panel in-line with the directives of the Minister of State, Ministry of Information Technology, Ms. Anusha Rehman. The IT advisory panel would be responsible for formulating concrete and practical recommendations for bolstering the IT industry growth in Pakistan thereby creating employment, generating local demand and foreign exchange earnings.


The IT advisory panel’s mandate is clearly of extreme importance as it would form the basis for the future policy measures and subsequent steps that would be implemented in order to ensure sustainable growth for Pakistan’s IT Industry. You are therefore requested to exercise great care in making your recommendations in order to ensure that the most eligible experts are nominated to the IT advisory panel. It may kindly be noted that in order to avoid conflict of interest, you may not recommend yourself or a professional colleague working with you in the same entity.


The nominations may kindly be emailed to the undersigned by February 24, 2014.

Contact Person:

Sulman Hassan
Director International Marketing
Pakistan Software Export Board
2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex,
F-5, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tele: +92-51-111-333-666 Ext: 112   
Fax: +92-51-9204075
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Pakistan Software Export Board hereby solicits nominations for an advisory panel in-line with the directives of the Minister of State, Ministry of Information Technology, Ms. Anusha Rehman. The IT advisory panel would be responsible for formulating concrete and practical recommendations for bolstering the IT industry growth in Pakistan thereby creating employment, generating local demand and foreign exchange earnings.

The IT advisory panel’s mandate is clearly of extreme importance as it would form the basis for the future policy measures and subsequent steps that would be implemented in order to ensure sustainable growth for Pakistan’s IT Industry. You are therefore requested to exercise great care in making your recommendations in order to ensure that the most eligible experts are nominated to the IT advisory panel. It may kindly be noted that in order to avoid conflict of interest, you may not recommend yourself or a professional colleague working with you in the same entity.

The nominations may kindly be emailed to the undersigned by February 24, 2014.

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REMINDER: EOI for Participation in Punjab Youth Festival Exhibition and Job Fair

Pakistan Software Export Board, in-line with the policy to bolster local IT Sector, hereby solicits applications from PSEB member companies to exhibit at Punjab International Science and Technology Exhibitions and Competition, scheduled to be held  between 2-9 March 2014 in Lahore. The event would be held in conjunction with Punjab Job fair 2014. Both events are a major part of the Punjab Youth Festival 2014 which is being organized by the Government of Punjab.

As per information provided by the Punjab Government “Punjab International IT Exhibitions and Competitions and Punjab International Science & Technology Exhibitions and Competitions are the most comprehensive events to be orchestrated within the Punjab Youth Festival 2014. Event modules include all pivotal categories of the engineering domain. Competitions of each category are designed for participants to flex their creative and technical abilities”. Further details on the event may be obtained at http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/EngineeringEvents/.

Substantial subsidy would be provided by PSEB to selected PSEB member companies for exhibiting and actively participating at Punjab International IT Exhibitions and Competitions and Punjab International Science & Technology Exhibitions and Competitions. In return, PSEB expects that the exhibiting PSEB member companies would effectively utilize their respective presence at the aforementioned events by soliciting prospective customers, developing necessary business contacts and exploring cooperation and collaboration possibilities.

Kindly submit your intention to exhibit via email by Feb 20, 2014 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pakistan Software Export Board, in-line with the policy to bolster local IT Sector, hereby solicits applications from PSEB member companies to exhibit at Punjab International Science and Technology Exhibitions and Competition, scheduled to be held between 2-9 March 2014 in Lahore. The event would be held in conjunction with Punjab Job fair 2014. Both events are a major part of the Punjab Youth Festival 2014 which is being organized by the Government of Punjab.

As per information provided by the Punjab Government “Punjab International IT Exhibitions and Competitions and Punjab International Science & Technology Exhibitions and Competitions are the most comprehensive events to be orchestrated within the Punjab Youth Festival 2014. Event modules include all pivotal categories of the engineering domain. Competitions of each category are designed for participants to flex their creative and technical abilities”. Further details on the event may be obtained at http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/EngineeringEvents/.

Substantial subsidy would be provided by PSEB to selected PSEB member companies for exhibiting and actively participating at Punjab International IT Exhibitions and Competitions and Punjab International Science & Technology Exhibitions and Competitions. In return, PSEB expects that the exhibiting PSEB member companies would effectively utilize their respective presence at the aforementioned events by soliciting prospective customers, developing necessary business contacts and exploring cooperation and collaboration possibilities.

Kindly submit your intention to exhibit via email by Feb 20, 2014 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

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