ISLAMABAD: To improve the domestic IT sector in the region, the government has formed the Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA), officials said.
The government claims, according to STZA officials, that the new policy will not only improve the economy of the region, but will also generate adequate employment opportunities for young people.
Giving specifics of Dharti News plan to set up the authority on Sunday, STZA officials said the authority would help trigger the development of the country’s science and technical ecosystem.
He said that the initiative initiated on Friday by Prime Minister Imran Khan had a clear mandate to encourage the creation of the country’s Special Technology Zones (STZs). “These STZs will feature some of the world’s leading high-tech companies, representing model collaborative spaces for innovation and entrepreneurship promotion, with major national tech companies, research institutes, new technology-based companies, start-ups, business support services, and convening community facilities,” said a senior official of the authority.
“These zones will help boost Pakistan’s high-tech exports and facilitate the transfer of technology from a major global science and technology hub,” he said.
Through bringing together states, business, universities and research and development institutions for new industrial development, the Authority will promote the creation of a national collaborative knowledge-based ecosystem.
“STZA will be the leading government organisation mandated to promote the country’s dynamic national system of innovation,” he said.
The Chairman of STZA has been named Amer Ahmed Hashmi, a pioneering technology pioneer and a senior strategic strategy specialist with vast global knowledge of high-tech growth and innovation-focused triple-helix creation (innovation model).
He said that new industrial research parks, high-tech development zones, innovation districts and special economic zones will be developed under the initiative, as similar initiatives have led to rapid industrialization in countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, and have now become the world’s best practise for any country’s high-speed growth and development.