Amer Hashmi, the head of the Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA), has given Pakistan’s prime minister a letter of resignation. The president of the STZA Board of Governors is Hashmi.
He was chosen to serve as the inaugural Chairman of STZA, a recently constituted Authority within the Cabinet Division, in February 2021.
The STZA’s mandate includes creating Special Technology Zones (STZs), which are strategically positioned under the “Triple Helix Model” of innovation. It also entails overseeing and supporting Pakistan’s information and technology ecosystem.
These STZs aim to promote cooperation between the government, local and foreign industry, university, and research and development organisations in order to open up new opportunities, make doing business simpler, and give the Pakistani technology sector sound regulatory underpinning.
In October 2021, the STZA Act was decisively approved by both houses of parliament. Since then, the STZA has given notice to four Special Technology Zones in Lahore, Islamabad, and. The Special Technology Zones have granted permits to more than 20 domestic and foreign businesses. Over 300 potential enterprise apps are now being developed, and 50 of them are being reviewed and licenced.
The STZA Chairman has worked diligently to promote Pakistan as a growing hub for the area’s technology industry throughout his tenure.
“I am hopeful that, with the right leadership at the helm, STZA and its high-caliber and skilled team of specialists will leverage in multiples on the great foundation being set down to establish a progressive technological ecosystem in the country,”
Hashmi said in his concluding remarks. I view the freedom to build the ecosystem that would enable our gifted young people to realise their full potential and Pakistan’s proud populace to reap enormous advantages from the power of technology as a gift from the Almighty Allah.