Freelancers’ role vital in IT industry
Minister says steps are being taken to resolve their issues
Freelancers have an important role to play in the IT industry of Pakistan and steps are being taken to resolve their issues on priority, said Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque.
Speaking at the National Freelancing Conference 2021 on Saturday, he said that his ministry fixed a target of $3 billion in export remittance inflows for Pakistani freelancers over the next three years.
“Connectivity is important for freelancers and the Ministry of IT is taking every possible step for provision of broadband services both in unserved and underserved areas of the country,” he said.
The minister further urged women to enter the field of freelancing.
Speaking on the occasion, IT Secretary Dr Sohail Rajput said that this sector plays an important role in the economic development of a country and added that the National Freelancing Facilitation Policy (NFFP) was aimed at facilitating freelancers.
Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) Managing Director Osman Nasir also addressed the participants.
The National Freelancing Conference obtained input from all stakeholders on the National Freelancing Facilitation Policy to take recommendations from IT sector stakeholders, which would help make Pakistan a gig economy powerhouse.
The session was organised by PSEB to obtain feedback on the NFFP draft from Pakistan’s leading freelancers and associated stakeholders.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2021.