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Kazakhstan, Pakistan boost IT sector collaboration

Kazakhstan Pakistan IT collaboration
Photo from logo Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — In a significant move to enhance bilateral relations and technological prowess, Kazakhstan and Pakistan have committed to advancing their cooperation in the information technology (IT) sector. 

This decision was highlighted during a strategic meeting between Kazakhstan Ambassador Yerzhan Kistafin and Pakistan’s Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Shaza Fatima Khawaja.

The discussions, which also involved Muhammad Zohaib Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA), focused on expanding IT opportunities in both countries and set the stage for deeper technological collaboration.

Kazakhstan’s IT advancements

Kistafin presented an overview of Kazakhstan’s IT achievements, particularly emphasizing the country’s development of online public services and advanced financial technologies within the banking sector. 

He noted the significant contributions of the regional IT hub in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, and the initiatives by “National Information Technologies” and the State Corporation “Government for Citizens.”

Pakistan’s IT ambitions

On the other side, Khawaja outlined Pakistan’s substantial experience and growth in the IT industry, which is currently valued at over $3 billion. Pakistan’s IT sector also secured $500 million in investment pledges last month during the 24th edition of ITCN Asia. 

Khawaja highlighted Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s ambitious plan to increase this value to $15 billion in the coming years. Minister Fatima expressed a strong desire to leverage Kazakhstan’s advancements to achieve these goals.

Future collaborative effort

A key outcome of the meeting was the proposal to establish a joint working group. This group will aim to enhance connections between relevant authorities and IT companies in both nations, facilitating easier communication and joint ventures. 

Additionally, both parties showed a strong interest in creating partnerships between academic institutions to cultivate IT talent, recognizing the critical role of skilled professionals in driving innovation.

Kazakhstan and Pakistan’s collaborative efforts in the IT sector are poised to open new avenues for technological advancement and economic growth, benefiting both nations in the global digital landscape.

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