Pakistan’s IT Exports Register 3% Decline in February

The IT and IT-enabled Services (ITeS) export remittances comprising computer services and call center services increased by over 1.7 percent during the first eight months of the current fiscal year 2022-23 and remained $1.718 billion compared with $1.689 billion during the same period of the last fiscal year.

According to the official data, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the sector exports remittances decreased by around 3 percent to $195 million in February 2023 compared to $201 million in February 2022.

On a month-on-month basis, the sector exports remittances increased by 2.5 percent when compared to $190 million in January 2023.

The ICT export remittances, including telecommunication, computer, and information services, reached an all-time high of $2.618 billion, a growth rate of 47.43 percent in the fiscal year 2021-22 (FY22) compared to $2.108 billion in the fiscal year 2020-21 (FY21).

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication officials stated that despite persistent ease of doing business challenges and increase in the cost of doing business, ICT export remittances of $1.718 billion have been realized by the IT and ITeS Industry during the period July 2022 to February 2023 of the fiscal year 2022-23 (FY23).

The IT ministry had envisaged that the IT exports target of $5 billion would be achieved by June 2023. However, the ministry has warned the government that on account of the non-implementation of agreed incentives, lack of consistency in policies, as well as, without resolving the tax and banks-related issues, the telecom sector exports remittances may suffer besides compromising its digital vision.

Source: Pro Pakistani