Prime Minister Approves Historic Package for Freelancers and Startups

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced several impulses to help the IT/ITES sector, freelancers, and startups in a historic move.

MoITT proposed tax exemption benefits, which were in high demand in the sector, as well as other fiscal and non-fiscal steps for the industry.

“I am extremely thankful to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Federal Minister Mr. Shaukat Tareen for their unmatched and unwavering support for Pakistan’s IT/ITES sector and Freelancers.” Syed Amin Ul Haque, Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications stated.

Syed Amin-Ul-Haque also congratulated the IT sector on the PM’s tax exemption incentives. He went on to say that the Federal Government’s aggressive growth goals and timely potential steps have put all stakeholders on the same page in terms of meeting the desired business future and competing in the international market.

The decision was made at a meeting headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday, 22 February. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications, the Ignite National Technology Fund, the State Bank of Pakistan, the Federal Board of Revenue, the Special Technology Zone Authority, and the Pakistan Software Export Board.

Specialized Foreign Currency accounts for IT/ITES Companies and Freelancers will be introduced to meet their operational needs, resolving a long-standing issue for IT companies regarding easy inflow/outflow of Foreign Currency.

In a historic move, the Prime Minister has directed that IT/ITES companies and freelancers be allowed to keep 100% of remittances received through proper banking channels in FCY Accounts without being forced to convert them into PKR.

Furthermore, outward remittances from FCY accounts will be unrestricted for PSEB-registered IT companies and freelancers. The Prime Minister has also directed SBP to establish financing channels for the IT/ITES sector and freelancers while keeping operational architecture and industry needs in mind.

The Prime Minister also approved recommendations from the Pakistan Technology Startup Fund as part of this historic package for the establishment of a public-private partnership venture capital fund. This Fund will be established through public-private partnerships established by the Ignite National Technology Fund.

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