PAGE: TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF AND VIPER:
KHUSHNOOD AFTAB: I am CEO of Viper Technology. I was selected as member board of Advisers for Asia Pacific in 2007 which is an honor for us, all Pakistanis. I am Vice President, Intel, Board of Advisor, Asia Pacific. Viper Technology, established in 1995, continues to play a pioneering role as a reliable IT solution provider and a dynamic business associate to enterprises in Pakistan. Our strong commitment works towards ensuring enterprise mobility, connectivity, and seamless integration, reliability of operational infrastructure, productivity and profitability.
Viper Technology believes in delivering solutions. Viper has a versatile range of product portfolio. At Viper, we have managed services like SLA, IT outsourcing, Cloud and Under Hardware, we have wide range of Desktop, Servers, Notebook, Tablets and Interactive white board. We at Viper are very aggressive in promoting computers in education, for that we have deployed around 1,000 computers in the cities in Balochistan, Fata and interior Sindh. Viper is also providing full e-learning solution like Classroom on Wheel and School in a box.
PAGE: YOUR VIEWS ON IT SECTOR GROWTH IN PAKISTAN AND EXPORT OF IT SERVICES:
KHUSHNOOD AFTAB: The IT sector in the country, especially during last three decades has grown from just bytes to petabytes. We have moved from Data to Big Data and from mere computing to iCloud. Pakistan's IT exports have crossed over US$ 1.4b, earning foreign exchange for the country. Pakistan is also producing thousands of IT graduates every year, thanks to the growing number of colleges, universities and institutes of higher education offering computer education. Globally, IT has become one of the key ingredients in forming knowledge-based economies because the role of Information Technology is one area that cannot be neglected by governments worldwide.
PAGE: YOUR VIEWS ON GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR IT SECTOR:
KHUSHNOOD AFTAB: Despite the promise by the IT sector in Pakistan, the Government of Pakistan should focus more on recognizing IT as an industry in Pakistan. While the government welcomes the precious inflow of dollar through IT exports from Pakistan, it has to do a lot in giving the sector the much needed and awaited as well as promised "basket of benefits".
IT industry has been deprived of official support and patronage. Our neighboring countries are promoting local assembly and getting foreign investment whereas in Pakistan we are discouraging local assembly by importing used/scrap from other countries. India, Malaysia Indonesia are encouraging IT by promoting local assembled PC in education and private sector whereas we are not going in the right direction. Information Technology is a proven growth engine that delivers economic growth. Low literacy rates, high school dropout rates and teacher absenteeism can be addressed by aggressively integrating technology in classroom. Equally important is ensuring availability of low-cost high-performance broadband to connect far-flung underserved communities. Addressing low-cost access to computers + affordable broadband connectivity is the key to reviving Pakistanís economy. It is critical that citizens have uncompromised access to computing and connective.
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