- Pakistan IT Exports Up 32.6% in Q1 FY 2012
- Jazz launches Eidi Offer
- Pakistan Likely to Approve IPO Ordinance Soon
- Pakistan Ranked in Top 12 Spam Countries
Posted: 02 Nov 2011 12:14 AM PDT
Pakistan's exports of IT and IT-enabled services witnessed an outstanding growth of 32.6 percent in the first quarter of 2011-12 compared with the corresponding period of past financial year, reflecting improving penetration of local IT companies in different countries of the world.
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) statistics showed that Pakistan IT and ITES exports increased to reach US $ 61 million in Jul-Sep 2011 versus US $ 45 million exports recorded in the same period of 2010.
The SBP's statistics showed exports earning remitted into country from various regions however exports were estimated to reach US $ 244 million in accordance with WTO formula.
Pakistan exports software based IT solutions, financial and mobile applications, BPOs services and infrastructure development support services to different countries.
Industry experts said that the achievement of growth in exports value is quite good for the industry in the scenario when global downturn has exerted its impacts on IT and other industries worldwide.
They said that exports growth is likely to recover its 50 percent benchmark by the next year with the recovery of global economies of EU bloc and USA.
They said that the exports have been shifted from US, UK and Middle East markets slightly to African markets, which are considered as lucrative for Pakistan IT firms particularly the south part where the infrastructure development has witnessed enormous growth lately.
Pakistan’s ICT companies have sought potential in developing markets of African countries to pace up the growth of its overseas businesses with handsome revenues.
The countries are Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria where basic communication network and financial services are being developed by their respective governments, private sectors and international donors like World Bank.
Most of the Pakistani companies are working for financial institutions, automobile, call centers and miscellaneous services sectors in different countries.
United State of America is the largest buyer of Pakistan's IT-enable service having lion share in country’s exports. It is followed by UK, where the exports are hovering around 10 percent. The pie of total exports shows 16 percent share of other countries including Australia, Canada, Thailand, UAE, Ghana and others.
Posted: 02 Nov 2011 12:10 AM PDT
Mobilink Jazz is offering Eidi to its subscribers, with 'reconnect and recharge' offer that promises free minutes for all Jazz customers who have not used their SIM since the first (1st) of October 2011.
Each eligible customer who subscribes to this offer will receive 50 free Mobilink minutes every day for ten (10) days after Eid i.e. from November 11 to November 20.
How to Avail Offer:
To avail this offer, customers can simply start to reuse their Jazz SIMs before 8 November and send a blank SMS to 452.
One-time SMS charges to 452 are Rs 10 plus tax
Posted: 01 Nov 2011 10:30 PM PDT
The Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) of Pakistan will soon get the cabinet's approval for the IPO Ordinance, to give legal coverage to enforce the trademark, copyright and patent infringement laws, reported "The News" recently.
The IPO has suggested to the federal government to make the infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR) a criminal offence and establish dedicated tribunals at provincial level and increase maximum penalty to Rs. 5 million with imprisonment of up to 10 years upon infringement of IPR, he said.
Establishment of dedicated IPO Tribunals would speedup the disposal of the IPR cases and their enforcement.
The Ministry of Law and Justice is vetting the upgraded draft of the IPO Ordinance and the Federal Cabinet is expected to approve it in its next meeting.
Afridi informed that the IPO Ordinance would ensure establishment of a high powered Policy Board. Secretary Interior, Chairmen of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, Federal Board of Revenue, and heads of key enforcement agencies would be present on the said board, he said.
The ordinance would make the law enforcement agencies legally bound to protect IPR, he said.
Afridi further informed that FIA has already established dedicated IPR Cell but it is not fully functional, IG Police has already consented for it's creation and talks for establishment of IPR Cell in Customs are underway.
Via The News
Posted: 01 Nov 2011 09:36 PM PDT
Pakistan has been included in the list of top dozen countries with highest number of SPAM in the world.
Sophos, an IT security and data protection company, revealed this in it's latest research the top 12 countries responsible for spreading SPAM messages, especially through emails.
Before we go into details, here's the ranking with their share of SPAM in the world:
So clearly United States leads the chart with worst offender, but Pakistan has been creeping up the wall by originating 2 percent share of World's total SPAM.
This share of SPAM from Pakistan is considered alarming high, given the size of internet users in the country is way low than those in other regions.
For time being this SPAM in Pakistan is largely in form of annoying adverts, mostly done through mass emailing system of Google Groups, but experts anticipate that fraudulent activities, such as phishing, Trojans, identity theft etc., may go on the rise in coming years.
We, here at ProPakistani, were able to identify those SPAM marketing emails even from big brand names, let alone those SMEs who carry these kind of activities fearlessly.
It merits mentioning here that analysts estimates 94 percent of SPAM emails coming through those specialized Google Groups which were specifically made for marketing SPAM emails. However, lately, Google has restricted Pakistani Groups from adding any user in Google Groups. Earlier, any group could add up to 100 individuals per day into their group to send them marketing emails.
If not legislated by Government of Pakistan, this number of SPAM can grow large in coming years.
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