PSEB to help 89 IT firms get free certification

STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Software Export Board has been given the go-ahead and funding to help IT companies in Pakistan get internationally certified.

With the project titled Enhancing IT Exports Through Industry Support Programs, PSEB is aiming to boost the countrys IT exports from Rs. 2 billion per annum to Rs. 10 billion by 2025.

The Rs. 265 million plan, which has been formulated in close collaboration with the industry, will see 30 IT companies being assisted in getting Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) certifications and 50 IT companies being helped to get ISO27001/20000 certifications. 76 per cent of the costs will be borne by the government while the remaining will be filled by the IT industry.

Currently, there arent many companies with international certifications, which is concerning since IT services are among Pakistans specialties. These certifications will open up a lot of new doors as well as make our industry more competitive in the international market.

“We should mention that initially the project was submitted with a cost of Rs. 709 million and having components including, CMMI Certification Program, ISO 27000 and ISO 20000 Certification Program, Internship Program, Marketing/Branding of IT Industry Program and Project Management Unit.

PSEB has done such projects in the past. With the help of the board, 23 companies have successfully acquired CMMI-Level 2 to CMMI-Level 5 certifications including NetSol and Digital Processing Systems. 11 companies have acquired ISO27001 certification including Systems Pvt Ltd and iEngineering.

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