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Nasscom team visiting Pakistan in December — MoU to be signed with P@SHA

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New Delhi , Nov. 25

THE National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) to increase bilateral trade during the first ever IT summit between the two countries in Islamabad next month.

The move comes close on the heels of the Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr Shaukat Aziz's visit to India to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

Nasscom will lead a delegation of 20 Indian IT companies to Pakistan for the summit to be held from December 15 to December 18.

Led by Mr Jerry Rao, Chairman, Nasscom, and Mr Kiran Karnik, President, the delegation will comprise representatives from leading companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, HP Globalsoft, i-flex, Oracle, MphasiS, Xansa, NIIT, Computer Associates, Zensar Technologies, Mindtree Consulting, Wipro Infotech, Nucleus Software and Newgen Software Technologies.

Mr Kiran Karnik said, "Nasscom has been working with P@SHA to contribute to the growth and development of the ICT industry in both the countries. Earlier this year an IT delegation from Pakistan, led by P@SHA visited India during Nasscom 2004, the chamber's annual event for the sector. Taking this association forward, we are leading a high level IT delegation to Pakistan to participate in the summit. The signing of MoU will also help provide a framework of co-operation for continuous interaction between IT companies in the two countries."

"India's ICT sector has enjoyed tremendous growth in the past decade. ICT companies in both countries are keen to collaborate with each other in the area of research & development, policy formulation and in exploring business opportunities together worldwide. This summit will be a step in the direction of exploring and cultivating trade opportunities between the two countries in the IT and ITES sector," said Ms Jehan Ara, President, P@SHA.

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