Web portal launched to bridge the ICT gap between Pakistan and Japan
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), in collaboration with Profound Vision Japan, has officially launched Foreign IT Engineers (FiTE), a recruitment web portal https://fite.jp, to bridge the gap of engineers in ICT between Pakistan and Japan.
In this regard, a ceremony titled “Bridging the Gap in Japan for 800,000 ICT Engineers by 2030” was held at the HEC Secretariat here. The ceremony was graced by the President of HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, as the main guest, and was attended by CEO Profound Vision Nobou Shiobara, the former Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan Imtiaz Ahmed, the Managing Director of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Kazu Yamaguchi and other Pakistani dignitaries. and the Japanese business and commerce industry.
Profound Vision Co., Ltd., a leading company in placing skilled IT resources from Pakistan to Japan, launched FiTE three years ago, realizing the need to import ICT talent to meet the demands of the Japanese market. According to Profound Vision, Japan needs about 800,000 computer engineers by 2030 to meet the needs of its market.
FiTE is built with Pakistani technology specifically for the Japanese market. FiTE is the first bilingual system designed to bridge the gap of ICT engineers between Pakistan and Japan. In his keynote address, HEC President Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed informed the audience about the launch and its importance for Pakistani engineers.
He said that 163 of Pakistan’s 244 universities offer computer-related programs, adding that 108 universities offer engineering programs. He said more than 40,000 Pakistani students are currently graduating in computer science.
The president noted that Japan and Pakistan have a long history of relations, with Japan being one of the first countries to recognize Pakistan in its early founding years. He appreciated the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for its role in strengthening bilateral relations. He pointed out that the web portal will connect Pakistani IT engineers with Japanese employers.
Computer engineers will not only serve Japan but also bring income to Pakistan, he noted. He said that the population of Pakistan comprises 65% of young people who have great potential, adding that the young people will not only serve the country but also offer their services to friendly countries.
He stressed that Pakistan and Japan will learn from each other and expand their collaboration in various fields including higher education. Shiobara briefed the audience on the background of FiTE, saying the low birth rate, aging population, and lack of young software engineers and computer programmers have created a demand for IT labor in Japan.
He said that Profound Vision and HEC will sign a MoU in the near future to explore different avenues for recruiting Pakistani ICT engineers. Former Pakistani Ambassador to Japan Imtiaz Ahmed, Managing Director of JETRO Yamaguchi and other notables also addressed the ceremony and underscored the significance of the FiTE launch. The public observed a minute of silence to express their solidarity with the victims of the floods in Pakistan and to express their condolences following the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.