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IT exports rise 35% to $1.302bn in six months

IT exports rise 35% to $1.302bn in six months

Pakistan’s information technology (IT) exports registered a growth of 35.77 percent during the first six months (July-December) of the current financial year 2021-22.

The ICT export remittances, including telecom, computer, and information services for the period July-December FY2021-22 have surged to $1.302 billion at a growth rate of 35.77 percent in comparison to the $959 million during July-December FY2020-21.

In December 2021, the ICT export remittances were recorded $251 million at a growth rate of 28.72 percent when compared to $195 million reported for the month of December 2020 also, $30 million higher than export remittances during the previous month November 2021.

The net exports for the period July-December FY2021-22 are $972 million which is 74.65 percent of $1.302 billion in exports. Last year, for the same period the net exports were $681 million which was 71.01 percent of $959 million in exports.

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Among the computer services, the exports of software consultancy services witnessed an increase of 45.29 percent, from $253.522 million to $368.334 million while the exports of hardware consultancy services also rose by 253.23 percent from $0.310 million to US $1.095 million.

The export and import of computer software related services also rose by 47.57 percent, from $184.108 million to $271.697 million whereas the exports of repair and maintenance services surged to $0.754 million from $0.273 million. In addition, the exports of other computer services increased by 24.24 percent going up from $215.037 million to $391.400 million.

Meanwhile, the export of information services during the period under review increased by 46.63 percent by going up from $1.930 million to $2.830 million.

It is pertinent to mention here that the exports of services from the country witnessed an increase of 20.24 percent during the first six months of current financial year (2021-22) as compared to the corresponding period of last year, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported.

The exports of services during July-December (2021-22) were recorded at $3414.96 million against the exports of $2840.15 million in July- December (2020-21), showing growth of 20.24 percent. The imports also rose by 38.80 percent by growing from $3784.27 million last year to $5252.45 million during the period under review.

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