In conjunction with Profound Vision Japan, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has formally launched FiTE (Foreign IT Engineers), a recruitment web portal to bridge the ICT engineer gap between Pakistan and Japan.
On 28th September 2022, a ceremony titled “Bridging the Gap in Japan for 800,000 ICT Engineers by 2030” was conducted at the HEC Secretariat. The event was attended by CEO Profound Vision, Nobou Shiobara, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan, Imtiaz Ahmed, Director General Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Kazu Yamaguchi, and other dignitaries from the Pakistani and Japanese business and commerce industries.
Profound Vision Co., Ltd. founded FiTE three years ago after seeing the need to import ICT expertise to meet the expectations of the Japanese market. Profound Vision Co., Ltd. is a market leader in the recruitment of qualified IT professionals from Pakistan to Japan.
According to Profound Vision, Japan will require approximately 800,000 IT engineers by 2030 to meet market expectations. FiTE was developed for the Japanese market using Pakistani technology. FiTE is the first multilingual ICT engineer bridge between Pakistan and Japan. Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of HEC, highlighted the audience of the launch’s significance for Pakistani engineers in his remarks.
He claimed that 108 Pakistani colleges offer engineering degrees, and that 163 of the country’s 244 universities offer IT-related disciplines. Over 40,000 Pakistani students are currently earning IT degrees, according to him.
The Chairman stated that Pakistan and Japan have always enjoyed close ties because Japan was one of the first few nations to recognise Pakistan when it was founded.
He acknowledged the value of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in strengthening bilateral ties. He underlined that the web portal would connect Japanese companies with Pakistani IT professionals.
Mr. Shiobara gave the audience a history of the FiTE, stating that Japan’s low birthrate, aging population, and scarcity of young software engineers and IT programmers created a demand for IT labor.
According to him, Profound Vision and HEC will shortly sign an MOU to investigate various avenues for hiring Pakistani ICT engineers.
Imtiaz Ahmed, former Pakistani ambassador to Japan, Yamaguchi, director general of JETRO, and other dignitaries spoke at the ceremony, emphasizing the importance of the FiTE’s debut.