Mohtashim wrote a nice elegant rant about the IT Industry of PK — it is almost poetic, in that you can tell it comes from the heart.
I’m quoting it here.
I salute the brave and the bold who come back to Pakistan an setup an outsourcing shop. You guys are the best, and you trule understand that we live in a flat world and we are no longer immune to events happening outside our borders. And you truly understand the value of moving to achieve lower costs and economies of scale. Technology is disruptive. get on board, or get run over. Technology comes and wipes out countries, economies, ethinic groups.
Today was another strike in Karachi, and Im sure it affected MobilecompleteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s operations. As most of you know by now, the government has arrested a technology entreprenuer on the basis that he was running an illegal Vo-IP operation in Islamabad. He actually was building innovative products around VoIP technology, probably for the US market and he had similar goals as Mobilecomplete did. Systems is facing problems as well. Because of local inflation in Pakistan, their composite rate has gone up a few dollars and is edging towards the rate Wipro/Tata/etc charge. I wonder what a western customer would do thenÃ¢â‚¬Â¦let me tell you. If your composite rate/hr is USD 25 say and WiproÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s is 35, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll stay with you. If its $32 and WiproÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s is $35, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll go with them. And your rate is higher cause everything in Pakistan now is too expensive, so not your fault really. Thats what Netsol and Systems are facing.
The government of Pakistan sorely needs to look into these issues and do more than simple lip service to the only industry that is actually growing faster than the economy.
Instead of literally squeezing us for every half cent in taxes and expenses and jailing the very people who provide jobs and build value for an economy , why dont they provide us with some funding, (and i mean a few hundred million US to the industry overall, not the chump change they give through PSEB) , give us half a peaceful environment (in karachi, lhr and isb are ok really) and sponsor industry and university relations? atleast? Im asking for too much arent I ?