Indigenous facility planned to develop satellites

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ISLAMABAD, May 14 (APP):The government plans to establish an indigenous facility for development of satellites in
accordance with international space standards under its annual development plan for
2018-19.
The facility – Pakistan Space Centre will have capability to carry out manufacturing,
testing, system level assembly, integration, launch and operations of various types of satellites.
As per Information & Communication Technology Annual Plan 2018-19, major thrust for 2018-19
includes that Pakistan Multi-Mission Satellite (PakSat-MM1) will cater to demand of Direct-To-Home
(DTH), High-Throughput Services (HTS)/Broadband Internet and Strategic SatCom.
The PC-II has already been approved and during next year, PC-I will be submitted for
approval and subsequent execution of the project.
Moreover, feasibility study of Pakistan’s 2nd Optical Remote
Sensing Satellite (PRSS-O2) will be completed. PRSS-O2 aims
to launch a sub-meter resolution remote sensing satellite.
Feasibility and System Definition Study (FSDS) of
Pakistan Navigation Satellite System (PakNav) will also be carried
out. PakNav will enable Pakistan to have independent satellite
navigation for both civilian and strategic purposes.
the government would focus on competing in international
arena, and accelerating pace of e-government to facilitate citizens
to avail public services.
The document said Rs. 6,535 million have been earmarked
for ICT sector under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP)
2018-19 which is aimed at improving capacity of IT industry
by further providing infrastructure and facilities for startups
and small IT businesses.
The other objective of allocation in ICT sector is to
increase quality of skills and capacity of organizations to
consistently deliver high quality services and products and
raising their standard.
The other thrust include Cross-Border OFC system between
China and Pakistan for international connectivity of voice and
data traffic under aegis of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
which will enable alternative route for international internet
connectivity.
Development of Technology Parks to facilitate rapidly growing
entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country, participation in 15
major international exhibitions to generate export business,
and training of 3,500 professional and 500 executives from
IT & ITeS industry in latest technologies in demand and business
development/international marketing respectively would also be
focused.
Some other domains include 70 more companies will be
provided consultancy to attain certification of CMMI level-2,
CMMI level-3, CMMI level-5 and ISO 27,001/ 20,000 international
standards through Ministry of Information Technology’s project
entitled “Enhancing IT Exports through Industry Support Programmes,”
and placement of 3,000 ICT graduates in public and private
sector organizations under Prime Minister’s ICT Internship
Programme.
Technical Training Institute will be established in
Gilgit-Baltistan, expanding internet and broadband services in
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan, and
establishment of Quality Assurance Lab for software products in
Pakistan Software Export board (PSEB) are the other areas which
would be focused during next fiscal year.
Highlighting the prospects for 2018-19, the ADP further
revealed that there is a tremendous opportunity for Pakistan as
its ICT sector is now at take-off stage.
The IT & ITES-Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) exports
are estimated to have already crossed US $ 3 billion this year.
With right impetus, the ICT sector can become driver of
change and growth in the next few years. Therefore, continuous
focus is essentially required on software development, software
and IT workforce export, in-country employment opportunities,
e-governance for an effective service delivery, m-governance
and smart monitoring, technology incubators and support for
entrepreneurs.
This continuous focus would, thus, set a high growth
conditions in the years to come.
Launching of strategic initiatives along with tax holiday
and capital repatriation incentives for private sector is expected
to make Pakistan an outsourcing destination in region by 2020,
and increase IT & ITES exports to exceed US$ 5 billion.
Furthermore, as CPEC programme progresses, it is expected
that next decade will bring in more opportunities of innovation,
growth and transforming the country into a regional hub of trade
and commerce.
The expanding ICT accessibility to remote and under-developed
parts of the country will also help in achieving social
inclusiveness, opening new vistas and source of employment in
the country.
Improvement in national ICT infrastructure with linkages
at multiple points with regional and international systems
will make the country an important transit route for international trade
and services, accelerating entrepreneurship.
Automation of government processes, fin-tech, agri-tech,
edu-tech, health informatics and social innovation are some of
the areas which hold a potential of high growth and transforming
quality of life for the citizens.