Tuesday, February 27, 2024

STZA and NTC discuss collaboration to boost technology ecosystem in Pakistan

Officials of the National Technology Council (NTC) of the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA) held a productive working meeting in Islamabad to discuss collaboration to advance the technology sector in Pakistan.

The meeting, led by NTC Chairman Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, deliberated on challenges including tech infrastructure, human capital, rural inclusion, job creation, technology curricula, training programs, and collaborations between academia, industry, and government. 

The newly-appointed STZA Chairman Azfar Manzoor expressed his satisfaction in working with NTC to build and expand the technology ecosystem in Pakistan.

Manzoor stated that the collaboration has the potential to make a significant impact on Pakistan’s technology sector and enhance its global competitiveness and emphasized stakeholder collaboration to pave the way for Pakistan to become a leading hub for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

STZA Chief Commercial Officer Javaid Iqbal briefed the delegation on the authority’s efforts to provide incentives, licensing, and digital one-window support. He emphasized the need to align human capital development with emerging trends in the tech industry and provide boot camps and two-year rapid enablement degree programs for technology students across Pakistan.

National Technology Council Chairman Gilani emphasized the potential of a partnership between the two organizations in addressing the challenges faced by Pakistan’s technology sector and unlocking its growth potential.

Both organizations agreed to continue regular engagements and consultations to develop synergies at all functional levels to support each other and jointly formulate a path for a tech-driven economic future for the country.

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