Globally speaking, the field is
wide open for Pakistan to grab its share out of the available
opportunities. With this background the KalSoft has established a
software house with a firm determination to play a prominent role in
strengthening the national economy by contributing KalSoft's share in
PAGE: Would you like to highlight the
prospects of KalSoft in the exports and its future plans?
GHAFFAR: Currently, due to space problem
some 25 developers are working for KalSoft products needed in the
local market. Originally, we have to hire over 500 developers to feed
the international market shortly and the arrangements are underway for
the premises of the software house. We are negotiating with foreign
counterparts for exports of various KalSoft products. Once you
establish your credibility for producing quality products there is
plenty of business in the international market and the KalSoft is
about to enter in the world market in a big way.
PAGE: What efforts the KalSoft is making to
carve a respectable name in the international market.
GHAFFAR: In effect it is the quality, which
speaks itself about the worth of product. For the choosy foreign
market, KalSoft has taken various concrete initiative including
getting itself certified with ISO-9001 and CMM2 and CMM3 level
certifications which is likely to be accorded to KalSoft by next
month. In order to penetrate into the world market, KalSoft has also
applied for space in the Dubai Internet City. Hopefully we may get it,
he said with a confidence. He said that the first phase of Dubai
Internet City has proved a great success, as there were 300 applicants
for 190 positions. Now they are introducing the second phase of the
Internet City for which the KalSoft is also one of the applicants.
PAGE: Why Pakistan should not follow suit
for developing an 'Internet City'?
GHAFFAR: The government has already taken
some good decisions in this regard and has declared the entire
Pakistan as 'IT Zone'. This means wherever you established IT company
you would be eligible for all incentives as allowed in any export
zone. This is really a bold step and the economy would soon harvest a
PAGE: Can you assess the real size of
current software exports from Pakistan?
GHAFFAR: Officially speaking so far we have
attained a meager size of exports, which are somewhere $25-30 million
a year. However this does not speak the actual size of the exports due
to proper documentation in this field. While one visits abroad he may
easily find that Pakistan's real export is much more than what it is
being declared. There are various factors for under declaration of the
actual size, which include dollar rupee parity, permission to retain a
smaller portion of foreign exchange etc. Now the government has
allowed retaining 35 per cent of the foreign exchange which is welcome
step. However it is almost double in neighbouring India. However IT
sector has the potential to take our total exports which are currently
less than $10 billion to double the figure in the years to come.
PAGE: Do you think that IT can better the
export figures of the textile sector, which is earning over $5 billion
GHAFFAR: Certainly it can leave the textile
sector much behind provided the economic managers pay their earnest
attention for consolidation of all resources without any political
considerations. Human resource development programme needs to be
carried out unto the grass-roots level through budgetary allocations
and inviting the private sector to invest in human resource
development purely in the interest of the nation.