Islamabad September 16, 2021: Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque inaugurated portal for online registration of freelancers at Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) head office. Senior officials from MoITT and PSEB attended the event. The launching of the portal for registration of freelancers is among the many steps undertaken by the government to ensure the growth of freelancers in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Syed Amin Ul Haq, the Federal Minister for IT & Telecom, said that Pakistani freelancers had fueled the growth of the gig economy in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Freelancer Industry is growing rapidly. Registration of freelancers is a major step forward in providing due recognition to the contribution being made by Pakistani freelancers, he said. He said the growth of Pakistani freelancers would enhance country’s export earnings.
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The Federal Minister for IT said the National Freelancing Facilitation Policy has been developed after significant consultation and is focused on accelerating and sustaining the development of the freelancer industry in Pakistan. Osman Nasir, Managing Director, Pakistan Software Export Board, said that Pakistan is ranked as the 2nd largest supplier of Online Labour in Software Development and Technology as per International Labour Organization Flagship Report 2021.
The future growth of Pakistan’s freelancer industry directly depends on the availability of IT professionals trained in state-of-the-art technologies. He said that PSEB had launched several programs for IT professionals and young graduates to hone their skills through training and international certifications.
PSEB is also working with the world’s most renowned entities in Pakistan, such as Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Huawei and others, to help IT professionals attain high-end training/certifications either free of cost or at highly discount rates, he said.