STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan is the fourth largest IT service provider to the overseas clients ranked only behind US, India and Philippines with over 200,000 Pakistani professionals working in this field.

It was disclosed during the maiden meeting of the Services Trade Development Council (STDC).

Khurram Dastgir, Minister for Commerce, chaired the meeting. He said the ministry would put in place the regulatory framework necessary for enhancing the exports of services from the country.

The Council will consult the State Bank of Pakistan to devise a suitable mechanism to facilitate these IT professionals to bring the wages of their work to Pakistan directly.

In order to effectively market the Pakistani technology industry, the ministry will enhance the participation of Pakistani IT companies in the international trade fares and exhibitions. The government will also take measures to enhance the capacity of the free lancers working from their homes and small offices providing IT services to foreign clients.

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