Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has termed Pakistan the next powerhouse of information and communication technology (ICT) sector as the country’s tech exports grew six times over the course of the past decade.
According to details from a new report, the state-run JICA said digital Pakistan policy 2018 that offers multiple incentives to IT sector is one of the key driving factors in this trend.
Pakistan’s ICT exports have increased six-times in the past 10 years, achieving the fastest growth in South Asia.
Pakistan is a popular international outsourcing destination for its price competitiveness and presence of a large number of active freelancers, according to the report based on a yearlong study by JICA in collaboration with Pakistan Embassy Tokyo.
The publication places Pakistan as a new partner for Japanese IT companies. The report gives an overview of the ICT industry in Pakistan, its performance in IT exports, the support structure provided by Pakistani government, a pool of skilled and young human resource and, achievement of a growth lead ecosystem equally owned by public and private sectors.
This study includes an “IT skills survey 2021” which found that Pakistani ICT engineers are highly skilled in programming, software development, data processing and analysis, infrastructure architecture and cloud engineering.
The report also includes feedback on Pakistani ICT engineers already working in Japan who consider Pakistan an untapped market for Japanese IT companies, encouraging them to know more about Pakistan and its collective potential in ICT.