Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ban on Used computers will hamper the socio-economic development:KCCI

Pin It KARACHI :Proposed ban on import of used computers & I T equipment will hamper the

socio-economic development with drastic decline in the literacy rate. This was stated by Abdul Majid, President, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) during a meeting with Advisor to Prime Minister on Information Technology, Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa at Islamabad.

A delegation headed by President-KCCI called on Advisor to Prime Minister on I T for apprising the concerned Ministry and the government about the apprehensions regarding the proposed ban on the import of used computers.

Abdul Majid said, "We are of the high opinion that government should reject the proposed ban on import of used computers and I T equipment while considering it as baseless proposal, owing to the benefits of used/refurbished computers being extensively operated as mandatory and essential office automation tools from modern hospitals to small clinics, recognised universities to primary schools and institutions, large scale manufacturing concerns to SMEs and elsewhere in the public and private sector".

President, Karachi Electronics Dealers' Association (KEDA), Muhammad Idrees demanded to lower tariff on import of second-hand/used computers and allied accessories. The advisor assured the delegation that their suggestion will be considered and proposal will be sent to abolish the tax which will further lower the price and make it accessible expanding the network of users of computers.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Information Technology, Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa, responded while contradicting "Neither any direction came from the presidency and nor the ministry of Information Technology sent any recommendation to impose ban on the import of second-hand used computers in the country". However, he said that while heading the Ministry of I T would urge for the expansion of network of computer's user across the country.

Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa has said the government is fully sensitive to the requirements of Information Technology in the country and in order to make Pakistan a knowledge based society, a wide range of measures are being taken.

Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa said, "A host of proposals are being worked out to introduce 'Import Substitution Regime' with the help of foreign and local investors to start local manufacturing of computers and IT related equipment at affordable price," the advisor added. -PR


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