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Pakistan and Qatar embraces bilateral IT collaboration


Doha, 4 December 2023 (TDI): Caretaker Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Dr. Umar Saif, on Saturday arrived in Qatar for a five-day official visit, leading the first-ever Pakistan’s IT delegation to Qatar. 

This is the first time an IT delegation from Pakistan is visiting Qatar, the IT delegation consists of the top 30 IT companies from Pakistan. The visit aims to explore the huge untapped potential in the region and to attract investment opportunities for the IT sector of Pakistan. 

The Pakistan Qatar IT Conference inaugurated by Minister of IT and Telecommunication, Dr. Umar Saif, commenced in JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha on Sunday with Participation from IT firms of Pakistan alongside Local Qatari businesses. 

While speaking at the conference, Dr. Umar Saif expressed that Pakistan’s IT companies can become great partners in Qatar’s global business expansion. He added that Pakistan is well-equipped to meet Qatar’s expanding IT requirements. 

He envisioned that shortly Pakistan will be showcasing 300 IT firms in comparison to the 30 firms taking part this time. 

He said this is the first-ever visit of an IT delegation from Pakistan to Qatar to explore the huge untapped potential in the region to increase Pakistan’s IT exports. He continued that this would also help in preparation for a substantial participation in the upcoming web summit in Qatar. 

CEO of Qatar Financial Center (QFC), Yousaf Muhammad Al Jaida, in his comments at the IT conference, highlighted the initiative of the Government of Qatar to support fintech. 

He praised the IT talent of Pakistan that has made its mark on the international IT landscape and hoped that the conference would open new vistas for Pakistan-Qatar IT collaboration. 

The Federal Minister, Dr. Umar Saif, engaged in B2B and G2B meetings on the sidelines of the IT conference for potential collaboration between Pakistan IT companies and their Qatari counterparts. 

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The Minister expressed that Pakistan is the emerging digital hub of the region. He encouraged investments in Pakistani startups, expressing confidence that the country is poised to produce the next billion-dollar unicorn. 

It is to be noted that earlier this month Dr. Umar Saif unveiled Pakistan’s first-ever IT and ITeS Export strategy to increase Pakistan’s exports to about 10 billion dollars in the next three years. 

Abdul Momin Rasul
Abdul Momin Rasul
Abdul Momin Rasul is pursuing BS International Relations from the National University of Modern Languages (NUML). The arenas of diplomacy and foreign policy intrigue him to delve deep into analyzing the broader scenario of global affairs. Besides, the author is also exploring the field of media and journalism.

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