According to a Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) press release, e-Earn, Punjab’s largest subsidized co-working network benefitting 10,000 freelancers, was inaugurated in a ceremony held at Arfa Software Technology Park, with the government sharing up to 60% of the cost of each member. The co-working spaces will cater to up to 8,000 – 10,000 freelancers and will be established in 36 districts of Punjab. The PITB has devised the project in light of the Ministry of Higher Education & IT directions.
The Provincial Minister for Punjab Higher Education and Information Technology Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz said that the co-sharing spaces would provide professionally designed and well-facilitated shared office spaces granting opportunities for its members to build strong ties through collaboration, events and networking.
“Punjab government has initiated e-Earn with the vision to empower entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, and small businesses. This is yet another phenomenal project of the government empower youth.”, he said.
Some of the facilities provided by the co-working spaces that are meant to serve as a platform for upcoming entrepreneurs and freelancers include an event hall for free Training, High-Speed Internet, Access Control Security, Resting Area, and HVAC 24/7 Power Backup.
The first co-working center will be launched in Bahawalpur during the first week of June, followed by Rawalpindi and Faisalabad.
Registrations for the co-working space has already opened for the freelancers.
Freelancers can register here, by providing their full Name, Email, Contact Number and Picture.
Other requirements include the age range of 18 to 36, the presence of an active freelancing profile, Valid CNIC, and Punjab’s domicile. Freelancers can book a place for 4 Months by paying 40% of the total fee.
Speakers at the event underlined the role of co-working industry in Pakistan for economic development and prosperity and urged the freelancers to make any possible contribution for the prosperity of nation.
- 10,000 freelancers to be provided with a professional work environment
- Up to 40,000 trainings for the local youth from IT professionals & top-rated freelancers from across the province
- that would keep them up to date with current trends in the IT sector
- 36 districts to be covered across Punjab
- Basic facilities to be provided to 8,000 housed freelancers to ensure their continuity in online business
PITB Chairman Azfar Manzoor said that through e-Earn we would be able to accumulate smart, talented and skilled aspiring professionals who, through collaboration and networking, would bring foreign exchange and boost country’s economy.