A high-level delegation of the Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA), led by Chairman Amer Hashmi, visited the Sindh Secretariat in Karachi, where they held a working meeting with their delegation. The Sindh Secretariat delegation was led by Dr Sohail Rajput the Chief Secretary of Sindh, including Asif Ikram Secretary of Information, Science and Technology and Special Assistant to the CM on IT Tanzeela Umi Habiba. The representatives of HIVE and OBOR were also present in the meeting.
The Chairman STZA explained how the authority is implementing its National Roll-out plan, under which Special Technology Zones (STZs) are being developed across the country, where numerous opportunities will be created for Pakistan’s burgeoning technology industry to thrive under international benchmarks. He further elaborated that STZA was making efforts to support the technology industry at the grassroots level by offering globally competitive incentives to the small, medium, and large-scale technology organizations as well as enabling the rapidly growing freelancers’ market in Pakistan.
Javaid Iqbal, the Chief Commercial Officer of STZA presented the Innovation Clusters Strategy, under which high potential technology clusters across the country would offer incentives and regulatory support. Furthermore, the STZA also briefed about recent technology investment potential in Sindh province. The Sindh Secretariat leadership lauded the initiatives taken by STZA and expressed their full support and commitment to closely collaborating with STZA to pursue programs and initiatives for the fast-paced growth of the technology sector in Sindh.
Mr Rahim Eqbal the CEO of HIVE presented their proposal for building an advanced data centre in Karachi to provide services to the technology industry. Mr Shahid Firoz the Vice Chairman of OBOR Development Corporation presented their plans for the development of an agricultural technology zone in the Thatta district of Sindh, along with the visiting Chinese delegates.
The Chairman STZA thanked the Sindh Secretariat for their support for these initiatives and stated that only through the collaboration of government, academia and industry, a brighter future could be created for the youth in the Sindh province. He also pledged STZA’s resolute support for launching Special Technology Zones in Sindh and expressed his desire to work closely with all stakeholders to achieve this objective.