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Here’s what we’ve accomplished over the years

2013

Launched the Digital Pakistan Initiative

2014

Spearheaded the proposal for an STZ in Islamabad

2015

Advised the Prime Minister as part of the Special IT Board

2016

Launched the Digital Pakistan Initiative

2017

Launched the Digital Pakistan Initiative

2018

Launched the Digital Pakistan Initiative

2019

Launched the Digital Pakistan Initiative

2020

Launched the Digital Pakistan Initiative

2021

Launched the Digital Pakistan Initiative

2022

Launched the Digital Pakistan Initiative

Our Vision

Similar to the industrial reforms of the Ayub era.

We will bring knowledge economy reforms making IT the biggest exporter and job creator in Pakistan.

Why The Digital Pakistan Group?

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Objective 1

DECREASE THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS TO BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE

1

Low-cost office spaces through industry-friendly policies of STZ

2

Fix tax disparity between local and remote workers

3

Income tax exemptions for exporters and local players, and the introduction of payroll tax credit

4

Removal of EOBI and social security and other industrial era laws

5

Bigger subsidies and programs to reduce the cost of sales
Access to capital and productive assets through financing options for IT/ITeS

6

Get tax exemption for IT Export and Local IT Businesses

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Objective 2

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

1

FBR/SRB/PRA: Exemptions, Minimize the tax audits, dispute resolution committees

2

Collection of data for informed industry reports and policy advocacy

3

Take initiatives to keep the government away from regulating (State Bank, Customs, FBR, PTA, etc.)

4

Allow free flow of IT Export remittances outside Pakistan without any restrictions

5

P@SHA helpline to help with government bodies including embassies, customs/state bank/FBR/PRA/SRB, etc.

6

Arbitration body to solve unethical practices in employee-employer contract violations

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Objective 3

GROW LOCAL INDUSTRY ECOSYSTEM

1

Help companies grow from micro to small to medium to large enterprises

2

MakeInPakistan Policy

3

Discourage the Government from competing with the private sector as software houses

4

30% Quota in Government Procurement for SMEs

5

Verified Products and Services directory for Pakistan

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Objective 4

INTERNATIONAL SALES AND MARKETING

1

Special visa red-carpet assistance program for US/UK/Gulf region

2

International PR and lobbying through research companies like Gartner, Forrester, etc.

3

National programming competitions like Hacker Rank

4

Business development through embassies

5

Stronger participation in global exhibitions

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Objective 5

SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING

1

Push to increase the IT graduates intake from 40,000 per year to 200,000 in next 5 years

2

Re-introduce the PM Outreach scholarship program to offer 10,000 scholarships per year

3

Push to introduce 2-year fast-track IT graduation program (approved by HEC)

4

Scale fresh-grads and non-IT grads skills program/boot camps to 50,000 per year

5

Advise government to introduce STEM and early age programming at the school level

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Objective 6

BECOME AN AMAZING ASSOCIATION
(IN TERMS OF PROVIDING VALUE TO ITS MEMBER BASE)

1

Launch CEOs’ growth/leadership development program with a focus on the rapid growth of their businesses

2

Launch P@SHA best practices directory (templates, contracts, best practices, policies, FAQs, etc.)

3

Introduce P@SHA membership benefits loyalty cards/program (For discounts on banks, airlines, internet, laptops, etc.)

4

Launch P@SHA helpline for any urgent assistance on tax, legal, or any other key issues

5

Rebrand P@SHA into a more inclusive association for all subsectors

6

Launch sub-sector bodies/sub-associations for structured representation (BPO, eCommerce, games and animations, fintech, content developers, edtech, healthtech, etc.)

7

Launch P@SHA chapters in new regions and cities

8

Focus on providing immediate survey, analysis, and reports for its member base

9

Institutionalize the P@SHA secretariat further by expanding teams, adding verticals, and bringing in more senior people

10

Focus on promoting women leaders and diversity in the IT Industry

Objective 1 DECREASE THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS TO BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE

1

Low-cost office spaces through industry-friendly policies of STZ

2

Fix tax disparity between local and remote workers

3

Income tax exemptions for exporters and local players, and the introduction of payroll tax credit

4

Removal of EOBI and social security and other industrial era laws

5

Bigger subsidies and programs to reduce the cost of sales
Access to capital and productive assets through financing options for IT/ITeS

6

Get tax exemption for IT Export and Local IT Businesses

Objective 2 EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

1

FBR/SRB/PRA: Exemptions, Minimize the tax audits, dispute resolution committees

2

Collection of data for informed industry reports and policy advocacy

3

Take initiatives to keep the government away from regulating (State Bank, Customs, FBR, PTA, etc.)

4

Allow free flow of IT Export remittances outside Pakistan without any restrictions

5

P@SHA helpline to help with government bodies including embassies, customs/state bank/FBR/PRA/SRB, etc.

6

Arbitration body to solve unethical practices in employee-employer contract violations

Objective 3 GROW LOCAL INDUSTRY ECOSYSTEM

1

Help companies grow from micro to small to medium to large enterprises

2

MakeInPakistan Policy

3

Discourage the Government from competing with the private sector as software houses

4

30% Quota in Government Procurement for SMEs

5

Verified Products and Services directory for Pakistan

6

Access to finance/capital for IT Export and local IT businesses

Objective 4 INTERNATIONAL SALES AND MARKETING

1

Special visa red-carpet assistance program for US/UK/Gulf region

2

International PR and lobbying through research companies like Gartner, Forrester, etc.

3

National programming competitions like Hacker Rank

4

Business development through embassies

5

Stronger participation in global exhibitions

Objective 5 SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING

1

Push to increase the IT graduates intake from 40,000 per year to 200,000 in next 5 years

2

Re-introduce the PM Outreach scholarship program to offer 10,000 scholarships per year

3

Push to introduce 2-year fast-track IT graduation program (approved by HEC)

4

Scale fresh-grads and non-IT grads skills program/boot camps to 50,000 per year

5

Advise government to introduce STEM and early age programming at the school level

Objective 6 BECOME AN AMAZING ASSOCIATION
(IN TERMS OF PROVIDING VALUE TO ITS MEMBER BASE)

1

Launch CEOs’ growth/leadership development program with a focus on the rapid growth of their businesses

2

Launch P@SHA best practices directory (templates, contracts, best practices, policies, FAQs, etc.)

3

Introduce P@SHA membership benefits loyalty cards/program (For discounts on banks, airlines, internet, laptops, etc.)

4

Launch P@SHA helpline for any urgent assistance on tax, legal, or any other key issues

5

Rebrand P@SHA into a more inclusive association for all subsectors

6

Launch sub-sector bodies/sub-associations for structured representation (BPO, eCommerce, games and animations, fintech, content developers, edtech, healthtech, etc.)

7

Launch P@SHA chapters in new regions and cities

8

Focus on providing immediate survey, analysis, and reports for its member base

9

Institutionalize the P@SHA secretariat further by expanding teams, adding verticals, and bringing in more senior people

10

Focus on promoting women leaders and diversity in the IT Industry

ACHIEVING THE DESIRED GROWTH IN THE IT EXPORTS

Our average revenue per year for a corporate employee is roughly around $6,200 and for a freelancer, it’s roughly $2,200. If we assume 15-20% per year growth in average revenue, we will need 2.5 million additional IT workforce by 2027 to achieve the $15 B target. This means we need to figure out innovative models to achieve the desired growth. One such model is shared below.

We can have 1.1 million people in our IT workforce by 2027 earning $15+ B! The following tiered model can be used where each tier can have its own skill development program, partners and execution plan.

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