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Government’s Ambitious Plan: 5,000 E-Working Stations for Freelancers in Pakistan

Revolutionizing Pakistan's IT Sector and Attracting Global Investment


In a groundbreaking announcement, Caretaker Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Dr. Umar Saif, revealed the government’s ambitious plan to establish 5,000 e-working centers across the country. These centers are poised to provide a lifeline to freelancers by offering interest-free loans to aid in the setup of these working stations. Dr. Saif made this declaration during a recent meeting with Finance Minister Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, where several initiatives were discussed with the aim of bolstering Pakistan’s IT and startup ecosystem.

Among the key focal points of the meeting was the inception of a state-backed joint venture fund. Dr. Saif articulated that this initiative holds the potential to attract greater global investor participation in Pakistan’s burgeoning startup ecosystem. This move is expected to inject fresh energy into the country’s entrepreneurial landscape.

The jewel in the crown of this plan is the establishment of 5,000 joint e-working centers, which are poised to become thriving hubs for freelancers. These centers will not only provide freelancers with access to interest-free loans, easing the path to establish their working stations, but will also furnish them with a wide array of amenities to facilitate their work. Dr. Saif underscored the transformative potential of this endeavor, suggesting it could lead to the creation of millions of employment opportunities.

In another significant development, the possibility of permitting the free use of US Dollars in the space was broached. Dr. Saif outlined the potential benefits of this move, stating that it could significantly boost investor confidence. The accounts that are currently established in foreign countries may find their way to Pakistan, expediting the flow of dollars into the nation and subsequently boosting IT exports. This initiative could have far-reaching implications for Pakistan’s economic growth and global connectivity.

Dr. Saif reaffirmed the government’s unwavering commitment to fostering both local and foreign investment in Pakistan’s rapidly evolving IT sector. As part of this commitment, he expressed his intention to visit Saudi Arabia in the near future to explore further investment opportunities within the IT sector. The future of Pakistan’s IT landscape appears promising, with these strategic initiatives poised to usher in a new era of growth and innovation.

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