To create new linkages with the technology sector in China and pave way for the Pakistani and Chinese technology players to cooperate in the field of technology, STZA, Pakistan Embassy China, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad & Zhongguancun Belt and Road Industrial Promotion Association (ZBRA) jointly organized first ever China-Pakistan Technology Investment Conference. The Conference hosted more than 4500 representatives of the Chinese technology ecosystem, including science and technology parks, high-tech production enterprises, technology companies, investment organizations, research and development centers, and Chinese state-owned infrastructure companies.
The Honourable Ambassador of Pakistan to the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Moin ul Haque opened the forum by welcoming the Chinese representatives. He appreciated the role of Chairman STZA and his able team in enabling the technology ecosystem in Pakistan and creating effective linkages with Chinese technology companies. Mr. Amer Hashmi, the Chairman of STZA stated that China is a leading partner in developing the knowledge ecosystem in Pakistan, revealing that STZA had planned a dedicated China desk to help Chinese technology companies and large-scale enterprises investing in Pakistan’s STZs. Director Strategic Planning Hamza Saeed Orakzai, who also heads the China desk at STZA, gave a detailed presentation to the representatives including the tax incentives, regulatory support and one window facilitation for the prospective Chinese technology investors while highlighting the Chinese companies already in application process.
Mr. Javaid Iqbal, the Chief Commercial Officer of STZA urged Chinese technology sector companies, investors and large-scale enterprises to engage in strategic conversation with STZA to explore future opportunities, stating that Pakistan’s demographic advantage stood for a unique investment base for Chinese technology companies and research organizations, and both countries could enormously benefit by working together in R&D, especially in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud and quantum computing, semi-conductors, internet of things and smart devices design and manufacturing.