500 Japanese IT companies interested in investing in Pakistani, says Zulfi Bukhari

Zulfi Bukhari met the Japanese Ambassador and later held an online conference with the Japanese IT companies association  

Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (HRD), Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, held a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan, Kininori Matsuda, about providing services of Pakistani IT Engineers in Japan. An online conference with the Japanese IT Companies association took place after the meeting.

The Japanese IT Association said that the lack of IT engineers is increasing in Japan. According to Japan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, by 2030, Japan will face a shortage of 800,000 IT engineers. The association added that once the COVID-19 situation subsides, more than 500 Japanese IT companies will come to Pakistan.

Matsuda said that more than 100 major IT companies from Japan had contacted the Pakistan embassy in Tokyo after the two countries inked a skilled workforce agreement. “Following the Pak-Japan Skilled Workforce Agreement, more than 100 major Japanese IT companies, including NEC Corporation, Mac, Sankyo, and Orix Japan, have approached the Pakistani Embassy in Japan,” he said.

Zulfi Bukhari said that he would be visiting Japan in 2021, and it will be an essential year for the two countries. He said that Pakistan is looking to lessen its reliance on the GCC for exporting talent. He also added that Pakistan is in contact with several Asian and European countries through Japan remains a priority destination.

Potential for growth

Currently, more than half of Pakistan’s population is composed of youth. IT is one of the hottest fields, but there aren’t enough opportunities at home despite an IT-boom. Work experience in Japan for our IT professionals will help Pakistan gain foreign exchange and allow them to learn from the best in the business. They can return home and bring the knowledge learned from those institutions and apply it in Pakistan. It will help the local industry grow further.  

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