Pakistan’s IT Sector Has Grown By 150% in 5 Years: Anusha Rehman

Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman has said that Pakistan’s growth rate of IT exports have jumped 150% over the last five years.

She stated this while chairing the 38th meeting of the Board of Directors of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) here on Thursday.

The meeting was convened to review various initiatives for accelerating growth of the IT sector during 2018-21.

The Board discussed some proposals at length that would position Pakistan’s IT & ITeS industry for the next phase of growth.

Federal Secretary IT Aamir Ashraf Khawaja, Member Telecom Mudassar Hussain, Member IT Syed Raza Shah, Chairman Pasha Barkan Saeed, Acting MD PSEB Syed Ali Abbas Hasani and other Board members were also present in the meeting.

Pakistan’s IT & ITeS Sector has developed phenomenally due to ongoing efforts and generous incentives and facilitation granted to the sector. Some of these incentives include:

  • income tax exemption on IT exports till June 2019,
  • 100% foreign ownership,
  • 100% repatriation of capital and dividends,
  • 3-year tax exemption for IT startups,
  • tax holiday for venture capital funds till June 2024.

Mrs. Rehman said that Pakistan’s growth rate of IT & ITeS exports have jumped 150% over the last five years, which is a remarkable achievement.

Anusha Rehman said that every possible effort is being made to enhance growth of the IT Industry in Pakistan.

As a result, the IT industry is growing in terms of the number of companies, revenue, exports and workforce every year, thereby demonstrating clear confidence in the ability of the local companies to deliver IT solutions and services which meet expectations of foreign clients.


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The board was apprised that an increase of 15% has been witnessed in the number of call centers during the last one year.

The Minister said that, “although we have achieved our major targets but there is much more to do to enhance the Pakistani IT sector’s representation at international forums.”

She directed the Pakistan Software Export Board management to coordinate with all stakeholders and enhance Pakistan’s participation in key international events. She also said that there’s a need to enhance the contribution of the IT sector to Pakistan’s economy through foreign exchange earnings and job creation. Last but not the least, she mentioned that PSEB should take all possible measures to brand Pakistan as an ideal destination for IT outsourcing.


  • Abdur Rehman

    is orat nay mulq may jo fasdat philay hai us pr b news day

  • Nadeem Malik

    Oh Allah ka wasta hai Paypal ly aao pakistan main , bc bangladesh iran and even afghanistan main chal raha hai paypal , pata nahi 2050 main aaye ga yahan paypal

  • seefi_boy

    oye kamino, paypal lay ao 5000% increase ho jaye ga jitna is mulk main talent hah… bus ek vassel chahye direct client se transaction k liye… Election k votes k liye hi lay aao choti soch walay Govt k background soch walay donkeyo… >:-/

  • 321bluff

    Where are dth services that you promised?

  • Khawaja Atteeq

    Oye Saaaaalooooooooooo payment gateway day do

  • Imran

    It’s an utter failure of IT ministry that pseb still has an acting MD and new MD has not been appointed since middle of last year. The same has been going on with PTA where new chairman has been appointed after a lag of more than 5-6 months! Usually, such appointments can be done within 2-3 months if planned properly. Such delays in appointment of new heads of organizations speaks volumes about the efficiency of the PMLN govt and the unnecessary delays in approval and execution processes of such important organizations. Looks like govt has an agenda of appointing pro-pmln candidates to keep its control over organizations after the elections.

  • Man khan

    I seriously doubt her statements.