MEGA IT FESTIVAL

The program comprises an International Conference & an exhibition of products & services of the telecom & IT sector

From KHALID BUTT, Lahore
Nov 21 - 27, 2005

A mega event of Telecom & IT sector- the 6th Telecom & IT Asia-2005 to be held on November 22-23, has received overwhelming response from the IT companies operating in Pakistan, officials said.

The officials siad that the new organizations joining the show include Punjab Information and Technology Board, University of Central Punjab, University of Engineering and Technology, Telenor and University of Lahore.

Minister of State for Information Technology, Ch. Asjad Malik will chair the conference.

The program comprises an International Conference & an exhibition of Products & Services of the Telecom & IT sector - one of the most vibrant areas of national economy of Pakistan. The theme of the conference is Deregulation and Investments in the Telecom Sector, where experts would be presenting papers on various aspects of the issues involved.

It is being organized by the Development Times in collaboration with the Institute of Telecommunication Engineers Pakistan. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Government of Pakistan, BOI, PTCL, Carrier Telephone Industries of Pakistan and Industry User Forum of the Asia Pacific, Telecomm Unity Bangkok and Sahafat Group of Publications have extended their cooperation for the event.

The Board of Investment has projected the program on their official website www.pakboi.gove.pk. The major objectives of the venture, inter-alia is to promote interaction between the public and private sectors, foreign and local investments and review the deregulated environment in a country like Pakistan.

A number of the companies have already booked stalls in the event including an Australian company - SLIMTEL, CTI, Trakkers, Microtech Labs, Acrologix, Concept, Sherazi Trading Corporation, LT Engineers & Trading Services. Many other prestigious companies have also indicated to participate. A mobile mela has also been planned for this occasion.

The event will be inaugurated on November 22 and is likely to be largely participated by the representatives from public & private sectors and the general public at large.

SIE INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE COMPLETED BY JUNE

The state of art world class infrastructure at Sundar Industrial Estate near Lahore including roads, sewerage, drainage and underground electricity will be completed by June 2006 at a cost of four billion rupees, while construction work at its own power plant having capacity of 225 megawatt would be started in January 2006.

Chairman Punjab Industrial Estates Mohsin Syed disclosed this at a briefing to representatives of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and directors of PIE.

He informed that approval for supply of gas to the estate has in principal been approved and hopefully connectivity would be provided to the upcoming industrial units in the estate in March 2006, besides satellite and wireless local communication and PTCL lines would also be available during first quarter of next year.

Talking about quality of roads, the chairman PIE said that these roads would not require any maintenance for next thirty years as their quality of construction would be like that of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. He said that these roads would bear heavy load of machinery and other equipment.

Mohsin Syed told that Sundar Industrial Estate is a public-private partnership in the province of Punjab, covering an area of 1600 acres where 650 industrial units will be established. This would expectedly provide 600,000 new jobs during next two to three years. He informed that about fifteen factories have already started construction while 50 to 100 Industrial units would finalize their construction plans during next two to three months.

Pharmaceutical, Engineering and Textile are the three major sectors in which investment is made but Food, Carpet, Chemicals, Glass are the few other sectors in which interest of entrepreneurs is seen. Small and Medium Enterprises have been promoted in this Industrial Estate and focus has been laid on extending maximum ratio of employment to the area, Mohsin Syed added.