The federal government has decided to raise the matter of sale tax on information technology export revenue in Sindh as IT industries/companies are moving to other provinces.
Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin-Ul- Haque while chairing the 7th meeting of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on IT and Telecom stated that he will soon meet Chief Minister Sindh to discuss ending sales tax on IT export revenue. He said that IT industries are moving from Sindh to other provinces due to the tax.
The minister further stated that the Prime Minister has a special interest in the development of the IT sector of Pakistan and that joint efforts and honest work are vital for the completion of the vision of Digital Pakistan.
Haque further said that the Ministry of IT is committed to increasing IT exports and the manufacturing of quality mobile phones in the country. He said that fiber optic cables are being laid down and steps are being taken for providing broadband services both in unserved and underserved areas of the country.
Federal Secretary Ministry of IT Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui was also present in the meeting while the Co-Chairman of the PM’s Taskforce on IT and Telecom Dr. Attaur Rehman joined the meeting through video link.
Matters related to spectrum, fiberization, and IT exports were discussed during the meeting.
Federal Minister for IT said that merit and transparency are the top priority in the Ministry of IT and its attached departments. He said that they are accountable to the masses and they should use their mandate for the betterment and the uplift of the people. He said that youths are the country’s asset and work is underway on different projects for creating employment opportunities for them through the IT industry.
Earlier, the chairperson was briefed about the recommendations regarding the IT and Telecom sector. The meeting was also attended by authorities from PTA, Pakistan Engineering Council among others.