Now India outsources to Pakistan

By agencies   |   Friday, 09 June 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: While India is one of the hot favorites for outsourcing, Pakistan is gaining some projects from India. The president of PaSHA, the Pakistan IT industry trade body, Jehan Ara, stated that the low cost factor at Pakistan, when compared to India, attracted small Indian companies to tap this potential.

With about 3-4 Indian companies outsourcing work to Pakistan, Ara said that the Indian and Pakistan governments should try to work together to benefit from the partnership as well as improve genial relations between the estranged countries.

The Pakistan IT industry has been growing with nearly 400 companies, like Cisco, Oracle, Bearing Point and NCR to name a few, into product development for BFSI, e-governance, customized services and much more. It has a current export of $300 million. Pakistan based System’s Ltd. has also opened an office in Bangalore through the U.S. office, added Ara who is also participating in the Nasscom ITeS-BPO Summit at Bangalore.

The recent telecom deregulation, infrastructure and low cost factor in Pakistan as expected to aide the BPO industry to expand at a fast rate. PaSHA is planning to organize a BPO summit in Lahore, Pakistan in mid-August 2006, said Ara.

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