ANNOUNCING THE POSITION HOLDERS OF THE P@SHA ICT AWARDS
October 23rd, 2021: Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) held its 17th P@SHA ICT Awards on 23rd of October, 2021 at the Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi.
The Chief Guest of the P@SHA ICT Awards ceremony was the Federal Minister for IT & Telecom - Mr. Syed Amin ul Haque. The Guest of Honor was Ms. Wendy Gilmore - Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan. Other notable guests included Mr. Junaid Imam - Member IT, Mr. Zarrar Khan - Chief Business Services Officer at PTCL Business Solutions, Mr. Bilal Mahmood - MD at Contour Software, Mr. Osman Nasir - MD at Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and the P@SHA Central Executive Committee.
The annual P@SHA ICT Awards aim to provide recognition to the technology innovators of Pakistan by providing them an opportunity to gain local, regional and international exposure through on-going promotional activities.
There were 10 main categories and 42 subcategories this year against which P@SHA received over 350 applications, not only from bigger cities but all across the country. These submissions were then evaluated by 52 esteemed judges with phenomenal expertise in their relevant fields. P@SHA strongly believes that innovation thrives at all levels. Among the applicants, P@SHA welcomed big companies, small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs as well as students of various age groups. To highlight its champions and honor their hard work and courage, P@SHA came forward with the vision of the “Illuminating the Tech SuperStars” for the 2020-21 P@SHA ICT Awards.
P@SHA would like to sincerely thank PTCL Business Solutions as the Title Sponsor and Contour Software as the Platinum Sponsor for this year’s edition of the P@SHA ICT Awards. The association would also like to show its utmost gratitude towards the Gold Sponsor - ConsoliAds and Silver Sponsors - NdcTech, Ibex Global and Gaditek for their colossal support in celebrating the champions. P@SHA is also very thankful to the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) for being the “Strategic Partner”, not only for this event but several other initiatives as well.
The Chief Guest of the P@SHA ICT Awards Ceremony, Mr. Syed Amin ul Haque - Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, congratulated the position holders and applauded P@SHA for its role in uniting the IT & ITES industry. The Honorable Minister also regarded P@SHA as the voice of the industry and declared it a Strategic Partner in the Prime Minister’s IT Taskforce, policy making and International branding.
Chairman P@SHA, Mr. Badar Khushnood praised the winners and runners-up of the P@SHA ICT Awards on this occasion and remarked that P@SHA does not only strive to work for policy making and global representation of Pakistan’s tech sector but is also driven to play an integral part in bringing to light the talent, creativity and innovation of the Pakistani IT Industry.
The Guest of Honor, Ms. Wendy Gilmour - Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, also expressed her excitement for the tech innovation happening in Pakistan and complimented the champions for their grit and passion for excellence.
Another important milestone celebrated during the Awards ceremony was Pakistan’s growth of USD 2 Billion in IT & ITES exports, in the presence of the Federal IT Minister, Member IT, senior industry representatives and P@SHA Central Executive Committee.
This year, P@SHA also conducted 5 insightful roundtable meetings on the event day in the afternoon. The topics for these roundtables were Skilled HR Development, Ease of Doing Business, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation in FinTech & Digital Payments and E-Commerce. The meetings were attended by several Industry experts, community leaders and experienced IT and ecosystem players.
The position holders of P@SHA ICT Awards are not only celebrated at the national level, they also get to represent Pakistan internationally at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards every year. Over the last two decades, P@SHA ICT Award winners have won numerous gold and merit awards at APICTA while competing with 15 other prominent economies, including Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Bangladesh in the Asia Pacific region!
Presenting the Tech Superstars for the Year 2020-21: