During the launch ceremony of the National E-Tijarat Portal in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a zero-tax policy on the earnings of registered e-freelancers. He stated that the government will remove all hurdles in the IT sector so that the youth can benefit from technology.
He noted, using the example of a freelancer girl named Nadia from Gilgit-Baltistan, that IT is the simplest way for women to contribute to economic success. He explains that 60 percent of the country’s population under 30 years old may be employed for this purpose.
According to Radio Pakistan, the prime minister launched the e-commerce portal to promote and facilitate Pakistani freelancers and businesses.
The Prime Minister noted that the IT industry is fundamentally youth-driven, claiming that tech titans make billions in their twenties and employ senior executives as subordinates. “Even today, older people in the IT sector have to work under younger people,” he said, adding that the future is rapidly moving toward digitization.
Khan emphasized that the government is looking into ways to attract $50 billion in IT exports in the coming years. He acknowledged the country’s growing export potential in the local technology space, which has resulted in a $4.5 billion windfall in just a few years.
He believes that Pakistanis living abroad have great prospects because they have excelled in a variety of disciplines when given the chance.
According to the Prime Minister, the country’s elite-centric structure has always hindered the common man’s success. But still, due to the lack of developed structures, he believes Pakistan’s youth has high potential
After deliberations, the government, he promised, will increase motive and remove hurdles to help the country’s youth.