Plus W (headquartered in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Wakiko Sakurai, President & CEO), a provider of global placement and dispatch of human resources and support for domestic side hires, announced on May 23 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Northern Pakistan, regarding the promotion of IT human resources in Japan. The company aims to dispatch high-level IT personnel to Japan, where there is a shortage of IT personnel, by matching IT personnel in the GB region with Japanese companies, offering IT workshops, Japanese language and culture learning programs, and holding Japanese culture awareness events.
The GB region is located in the mountains of northern Pakistan and is blessed with scenic spots such as Hunza, where the tourism industry is flourishing, but it faces problems such as an information gap that makes its working environment inferior to that of large cities. In recent years, the local government has focused on IT policies and launched a youth skills development program in cooperation with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the top science and technology university in the country. The program provides opportunities to learn advanced IT technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), data science, and blockchain. The region has a software technology park that provides office facilities, free internet access, and coworking space. The region currently employs approximately 3,500 engineers, and the number is expected to grow. The company was introduced to the GB region by the Government of Pakistan's Board of Investment (BOI), which has high growth potential.
The MOU was signed on May 5 in Islamabad by Zamir Abbas, Undersecretary, Ministry of Information, Government of GB Region, and Lin Wanguo, Senior Manager, Overseas Operations, Plus W. Commenting on the MOU signing, Federal BOI Minister Chowdhry Salik Hussein said, "This initiative will be a great opportunity for talented IT engineers and students from the region to work for Japanese companies, leading to the development of both countries," and expressed his expectations.
Plus W will be founded in Tokyo in 2020, and will launch a matching service for side jobs in Japan. In its overseas business, the company focused on Pakistan, which has an abundance of IT human resources, and in May 2022 established the Japan-Pakistan Human Resources Exchange Center (abbreviated name: Japan Center; Director: Wang-Chang Lin) in collaboration with the University of Pakistan at NUST in Islamabad, and began introducing and dispatching IT human resources to Japanese companies.