The Minister of Information Technology, Dr. Umar Saif, recently shared an exciting plan to help freelancers and start-ups in Pakistan. The plan involves creating 10,000 E-Rozgar centers all over the country, which will have modern facilities. These centers will start operating on January 11 and will provide good working spaces for about 1.5 million freelancers who currently struggle with resources.
Dr. Umar highlighted how important it is for freelancers to have the right tools and a good environment to succeed in the changing digital world. He believes that these E-Rozgar centers will not only help individual freelancers but also attract more investment to the country, creating new job opportunities.
Along with the E-Rozgar plan, Dr. Umar also announced another project starting on January 7. This project involves a standardized test for IT graduates, conducted by the Higher Education Commission.
The purpose of this test is to check the skills of IT graduates and offer them internships if they pass. Dr. Umar pointed out that there is a big difference between the 75,000 IT graduates produced by Pakistani universities each year and the limited number (3,000) currently eligible for jobs in IT companies.
Dr. Umar encouraged young people to consider entrepreneurship, highlighting the chance to earn money through E-Rozgar. He also hopes that certain measures, like allowing IT companies to keep 50% of their earnings in dollar accounts, will boost IT exports, reaching a projected figure of $4 billion.
The minister explained the bigger vision of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, which focuses on creating job opportunities for the youth.
He emphasized the ministry’s commitment to improving Pakistan’s education sector by teaching IT skills and supporting skilled workers in the IT industry. Overall, these plans show a strong effort to advance Pakistan in the field of technology and create a positive environment for the IT sector to grow.