Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif formed a committee on Wednesday to ensure the revival of Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA), expressing dissatisfaction over its performance.
The prime minister, chairing a high-level meeting on the STZA, said that the committee would be headed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and comprise IT minister, law minister, Adviser Ahad Cheema, Senator Afnanullah and Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairman.
He instructed the committee to present its recommendations within a week and also gave directive to immediately operationalise the STZA’s board of governors, which should consist of experts from relevant fields.
The prime minister cautioned that any wastage of public resources would not be tolerated. “Pakistani skilled youth are earning livelihood on their own while the relevant authority is dysfunctional,” he underscored.
Sharif noted that instead of investing in real estate, the STZA’s real objective was to promote technology. “No delay in reform and functioning of the STZA will be acceptable,” he declared.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2023.
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