Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Microsoft to open 20 training centers in Pakistan

Computer giant Microsoft will set up 20 training centers in Pakistan, says the Microsoft Middle East Region Chairman Emre Berkin.

He met Pakistan Senate (Upper House of Parliament) Chairman Mohammadmian Soomro and lauded Pakistan government's investment-friendly policies, according to an official statement.

Berkin, currently visiting Pakistan at the head of a five-member delegation, said these policies had created conducive atmosphere for foreign investors.He briefed the Senate chairman on his organization's future plans for investment in Pakistan.Berkin said the Microsoft Corporation was in contact with various Pakistan government departments to promote information technology in Pakistan.Soomro appreciated the Microsoft Corporation for taking keen interest for investment in Pakistan's IT sector and said the setting up of the training centers would motivate people to actively participate in strengthening the national economy.He assured Berkin that the government would extend full cooperation to the Microsoft for the implementation of its investment plans.Soomro said the telecommunication sector in Pakistan, especially in the IT sector, had grown at a rapid pace and undergone an impressive transformation during the last five years.

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Rafay Bin Ali said...

This is not the first investment by some industry heavyweight and considering the potential that Pakistan market has it wouldnt be the last either. However, I really dont think that such measures would be any good. Its not easy to define what it is that is actually lacking and hinders our growth in the IT sector. However, one thing is for sure: our efforts lack some crucial ingredient and it's time to find that before we open up more training centres. Training centres would just further dismantle already existing supply-demand disequilibrium.

AllahBaba said...

"before we open up more training centres. Training centres would just further dismantle already existing supply-demand disequilibrium."

wow... now I now why I come to this blog... for the least sensible argument made in the most authentic plastic-coated market-economy academic lingo!!! RBA: you must apply for ministry of comm as soon as you can (or maybe you are the one behind BB policy??) :D

lemme take it further:

...before we open up more primary schools. Primary schools would just further dismantle existing supply-demand...

...before we educate more masses. Educated masses would just further dismantle...

...before we grow more crops. Crops would just further dismantle...

jaywalker said...

Well, I'd say that MS is trying to win a lost battle against OSS for eGovernment. Most of the Europe has already ducked MS in favour of Open Source Software for govenement departments. As far as I can say, Pakistan's inclination is also towards OSS.

The centers and all this crap is just to get some favours from the government.

Rafay Bin Ali said...

I am not against education. Its kind of amusing that you failed to read in between the lines. What I meant was that we need to figure out the missing element that is in the way of IT growth, before taking any steps further.

Take Operation Badar for instance. What did it achieve besides floating some non-genuine Java Programmers or Operation Ahud for that matter.

Training centres, as such, should usually be taken as a course of action once the professional qualifications are done with and are not a substitute for good solid education. Why not try to revamp the existing educational infrastructure before inviting Microsoft?

Of course, if all we do is open up the training centres without any vision, the supply and demand disequilibrium would grow even worse. And well all know our basic economics assumption: as supply rises, price falls. When price falls, people have less incentives to enter that particular area and consequently there is a downfall.

By the way, I have no objections in joining the Ministery of Commerce or IT as a state minister because I think I can do a whole lot better than all of them combined!

Rafay Bin Ali said...

Education is a qualitative variable to me. It doesnt necessarily mean going to college for 4 years. Of course, the measurement of qualitative variables is only possible by quantifying that variable. The level of education is quantified by the number of years spent in college, number of PhD's, number of people in the service industry, etc. etc. etc. In the present Pakistani scenario we need more education, though not necessarily more colleges and universities.

About crops.... Well because of the fact that the underlying agricultural resources are heavily underutilized, more crops should be produced. Agriculture is Pakistan's primary profession. Since the demand is well above the supply, I dont foresee the disequilibrium if we grow more crops.

Anonymous said...

microsoft opening 'training centres ' in pak?
why?when did microsoft get in business of terrorist training centres?

Anonymous said...


Usman Bashir said...

Hi Guys! Your comments are appriciateable but what is more positive that atleast the giants getting thier heads towards this country atlast and this is what pave the ways for us in infotech. Ever you study the growth in neighbours for IT, the main reason was there these training camps or like that

Rafay Bin Ali said...

The giants have been in the country for as long as I have been alive. I remember using my first PC of Dos 3.0. This very fact is testament to Microsoft being in Pakistan. I also remember a couple of certified Microsoft and Novell shops in Pakistan at Shareah-e-Faisal while on my way back from school . This was like more than 14 years ago.

With regards to the neighbor's advancement in IT: well, it is more related to them having world class higher education centres than training centres. IIT is one of the top schools in the world. Plus, their curriculum places a lot more emphasis on designing and analytical skills which are lacking in our IT curriculums. The worst part is that no one seems to be listening either. All our efforts come across as mere lip service to me.

We have to remember that it is not the dearth of programmers or IT literate personnel in Pakistan that is the cause for our lack. In fact, we have more programmers than the local demand can swallow - operation badar, operation ahud are some of the examples. However, it is not programming that has earned India repute - it is their workforce's (developer's) extraordinary capabilites to analyze and approach a problem in alternative ways and pick a solution that is most feasible. If you do a casual research, you would find that most of the projects that are outsourced to India are highly analytical ones.