Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITES (P@SHA) held its Annual General Meeting 2020 in Lahore on September 29th, 2020 at Daftarkhwan Central. The members of P@SHA joined the meeting in-person and online. The Annual General Meeting comprised of the important agenda items mentioned below:
CEOs of the member companies across Pakistan attended the meeting to discuss how P@SHA, with the help of its CEC members, can increase the value for the members and effectively promote the Pakistani tech industry.
In the meeting, P@SHA’s annual performance and achievements were highlighted by the out-going Chairman, Mr. Shahzad Shahid. He emphasized on the importance of P@SHA as the sole representative of the IT and ITES sector of Pakistan while touching upon the top priorities of P@SHA, including Make in Pakistan as part of the Demand Generation, Special Technology Zones (STZs), Export Marketing Fund (EMF), Cash Rewards, Brand Pakistan and the overall ease of doing business that will help the growth of domestic business and exports of Pakistan. Mr. Shahid also proposed the revision of P@SHA’s membership fee and Development Fund (PDF) to financially strengthen P@SHA for improved lobbying, branding and support for the member-base.
The treasurer, Mr. Amin Ansari presented the details of the audited financial accounts of P@SHA and urged the members to vote positively for the revision of the membership fee of P@SHA. The voting for the membership fee revision also took place on its rationale.
The office bearers for the year 2020-2021 are mentioned below:
Apart from the agenda, the Annual General Meeting consisted of a welcome note by the Acting Secretary General P@SHA, Talha Bin Afzal, a farewell address by the out-going Chairman, Shahzad Shahid and an opening address by the new Chairman, Mr. Barkan Saeed.
In his address, the newly elected Chairman, Barkan Saeed, reiterated the importance of strategic priorities of P@SHA while informing the audience of the forthcoming goals for the year 2020-2021. Mr. Saeed also stated that the new CEC will focus on strengthening the P@SHA secretariat. He also highlighted the importance of recognizing IT professionals by linking a closer collaboration between the tech industry and academia.
The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) is Pakistan’s sole trade association representing the IT and IT Enabled Services sector since 1992. Its mandate is to work with the government on policy issues and with all other stakeholders to promote the IT sector and provide platforms that create more opportunities for members of the ecosystem, both domestically and internationally.