No tax on IT for next 15 years, says Awais Leghari
ISLAMABAD: The government is following a long-term policy for the promotion of information technology in the country and no tax would be levied on this sector for another 10 to 15 years, Federal Minister for Information Technology Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari said on Tuesday.
The minister met the new country sales manager of renowned IT firm Acer at his office. He welcomed Acer Computers to Pakistan and said Acer’s interest in Pakistani IT market was a good sign.
The sales manager, Zahid Mehmood, told Leghari that Acer, one of the world’s top three vendors of branded personal computers, regarded Pakistan as a major developing market and was working hard to gaimarket share in the country.
He assured the minister that Acer would continue to hold its top position in the computer market.
Mehmood said the country’s atmosphere was conducive for investors, especially in IT. He hoped that the government would remain consistent in its policies and investment in this area would grow.
Leghari said some major IT companies were coming to Pakistan for outsourcing after India recently levied heavy taxes on its IT industry. He appreciated Acer’s services in IT field across the world. Leghari said Pakistan needed technology from investing IT firms, not capital, so that it could establish outsourcing centres.
He asked Acer to establish a large call centre and to set up centres for hardware and software promotion in Pakistan. online