Last month, I posted a couple of articles (here and here) related to the Tech scene in Pakistan. During the same time a very interesting article was published in a German newspaper regarding the new developments in the technology scenes of third world countries. The above mentioned article has explained in detail the new trends in IT penetration, being observed in India and other developing countries. After reading that article, my mind instantly zoomed in to Pakistanâ€™s IT scene viz a viz the downtrodden classes and areas and following are some brief scribbling about that.
Having a quick glance at our homelandâ€™s scene, we see that there is much left to be desired. Although we have come a long way in expanding the Telecommunications Infrastructure but the IT scene is still lagging behind. If you happen to visit many small cities of Pakistan (I mean district headquarters, not any towns or villages), youâ€™ll find that the IT infrastructure is barely at minimum level. The Internet penetration is much lower in many parts of this country. Technology giants like IBM and Microsoft are reaching out to many third world countries especially India but no one is paying any proper attention to Pakistan. Baluchistan, in particular has a very low technology penetration rate followed by NWFP and Southern Punjab/ Interior Sindh. Thatâ€™s the core reason that Pakistanâ€™s share is just peanuts in IT industry as compared to India.
There is a need of immediate action in this case. The IT companies of Pakistan should respect their CSR (as discussed by me in a previous article) and at least start pilot projects in these downtrodden areas. The bureaucratic red-tapism is also a major hindrance as government authorities have lost many offers of international assistance due to their sluggish behavior. The private sector has to come forward to do something before it’s too late. I’ll discuss more about this in near future hopefully. Regards