Recognized as the Oscars of the Asian IT industry. Popularly called the APICTA Awards, the 2022 edition is taking place in Islamabad, from December 7-11.
The 21st APICTA Awards of the regional economies are being held in Pakistan for the first time since the inception of the alliance. They are being organized by the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) and TechDestination for IT and ITES, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT).
The event will be attended by 15 economies of the region, with 150+foreign delegates from economies including Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, etc.
A special meeting of the delegates was held at the Prime Minister’s House. The Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan, H.E. Shahbaz Sharif, on the occasion, appreciated P@SHA’s vision and its support by the Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecom Syed Amin Ul Haque, for bringing APICTA to Pakistan. “IT is one of the fastest growing industries and Pakistan is now ready to maximize its IT exports. A platform like that of APICTA will surely provide the needed engagements between international and Pakistani companies.’’
Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecom Syed Amin Ul Haque stated ‘’ I have complete faith in the potential that Pakistan’s IT industry has and am waiting for the international world to realize the strengths that we as a country, have to offer.”
Chairman APICTA, Stan Singh-Jit, is a strong advocate of the entire Asia Pacific Region and is extremely excited to be in Pakistan. “Pakistan has been a surprise and I am so happy to have the Awards here this year. I have gained a new understanding of market strength in this country and hope to see it become very prominent globally. Post-Covid this is the first Award that we are holding physically and hope to see it go a long way as the Global Digital Economy is fast evolving and is driven by a knowledge-based culture.”
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P@SHA, M. Zohaib Khan, said, “It is an honor for us as Pakistanis to host this mega event to allow leaders in the ICT world to explore Pakistan’s growing IT potential, particularly for investment, partnership, and engagement with the local companies specializing in IT and IT-enabled services.”
The Judges and the participants are excited about the prospects and praised the APICTA Pakistan team, Badar Khushnood,(Convenor APICTA) Dr. Shoab A Khan (Chief Judge) and Hira Zainab (Project Director) most profusely for their efforts in this regard and wished them well for the upcoming event.
The days ahead will see distinguished and experienced IT professionals judging various projects of participating companies to select winners based on live presentations and demonstrations of specialized work.
Showcasing the strengths of Pakistan and its culture is one of the highlights of the event and, therefore, the 5-day event will comprise many socials including a gala night, cultural shows, business networking sessions, tours for foreign delegates, and will give way to bilateral trade.