Hec and Japan Collaborate to Launch a Recruitment Portal for Pakistani It Engineers.

In an effort to close the ICT engineer gap between Pakistan and Japan, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and Profound Vision Japan have officially launched FiTE [Foreign IT Engineers], a recruitment web portal.

In this regard, an event on Wednesday at the HEC Secretariat was titled “Bridging the Gap in Japan for 800k ICT Engineers by 2030.” Imtiaz Ahmed, a former Pakistani ambassador to Japan, Nobou Shiobara, the director general of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Kazu Yamaguchi, and other dignitaries from the business and commerce sectors of Pakistan and Japan were present at the ceremony, which was presided over by Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed.

FiTE was started by Profound Vision Co., Ltd. three years ago after realizing the necessity of importing ICT talent to satisfy the demands of the Japanese market. Profound Vision Co., Ltd. is a leading organization in the placement of competent IT resources from Pakistan to Japan. By 2030, Profound Vision estimates that Japan would require about 800,000 IT engineers to meet its market demands.

For the Japanese market, FiTE was created using Pakistani technology. The first multilingual ICT engineer bridge between Pakistan and Japan is called FiTE.

In his remarks, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of HEC, informed the audience of the launch’s significance for Pakistani engineers. He said that 108 universities in Pakistan offer engineering degrees and that 163 of the country’s 244 universities offer IT-related programs. According to him, around 40,000 Pakistani students are presently receiving IT degrees.

The Chairman noted that Pakistan and Japan have had close ties for a long time because Japan was one of the first few nations to recognize Pakistan when it was first established. He recognized the importance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in fostering bilateral ties. He emphasized that the web service will connect Japanese firms with Pakistani IT specialists.

He pointed out that the IT specialists will benefit Pakistan as well as Japan. According to him, 65 percent of Pakistan’s population is made up of young people with a lot of potentials, and they will not only assist their country but also friendly nations by offering their talents. He emphasized that Pakistan and Japan would exchange knowledge and increase their cooperation in a range of areas, including higher education.

The audience was informed of the history of the FiTE by Mr. Shiobara, who stated that Japan’s low birthrate, aging population, and scarcity of young software engineers and IT programmers led to a demand for IT labor. Profound Vision and HEC, according to him, will soon sign an MoU to examine various options for hiring Pakistani ICT engineers.

Imtiaz Ahmed, the former Pakistani ambassador to Japan, Yamaguchi, the director general of JETRO, and other notables spoke during the occasion and emphasized the significance of the FiTE’s debut.

The audience conducted a minute of silence to demonstrate their support for the Pakistani flood victims and their sorrow over the passing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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