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PSEB directed to ensure minimum impact of Covid-19 on IT industry

By News Desk - May 9, 2020

Federal Secretary Ministry of IT and Telecommunication Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has directed the management of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) to ensure close coordination with the IT industry to minimize the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on it.

Federal Secretary Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication passed these directives while chairing a meeting to review steps being taken to minimize the COVID-19 pandemic related impact on Pakistan’s information technology industry. He further advised the PSEB to take all possible steps for providing maximum facilitation and assistance to the industry during these challenging times.

The meeting was attended by senior Ministry officials, Managing Director, Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and Chairman Pakistan Software Houses Association.

The chair was informed that in order to ensure business continuity of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)-call centers, a working group was created to handle associated issues in a rapid and effective manner. The said working group included senior representatives from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan Telecom Authority, Pakistan Software Houses Association and Pakistan Software Export Board.

The group has managed to mitigate or minimize urgent issues pertaining to BPO-call center industry such as whitelisting of call centers and enabling work from home for call centre agents. Efforts are being made to enable usage of soft phones which would facilitate smaller companies and freelancers. The meeting was apprised that Pakistan Software Export Board has appointed a dedicated team which can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and on Skype ID: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. PSEB has also established a Covid help line (0800 03030) and is taking calls 24/7 from the industry, making sure that all possible efforts are made for immediate remedial actions wherever possible.


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