Meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Kauda Babar here at Parliament House today.
At outset of the meeting, Officials from Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication briefed committee members regarding Special Technology Zones Authority Bill, 2021.
Officials explained that it is important to provide institutional and legislative support for the technology sector with internationally competitive and export oriented structures and ecosystems. In order to attract foreign direct investment, develop collaborative ecosystem connecting academia, research and technology industry, initiating innovation in production systems and products and to increase the standards and quality of technology goods and services within the country. This will help increase productivity and decrease the costs of production through high tech interventions and encourage futuristic entrepreneurship. It will also help enable job opportunities for educated youth of the country.
Committee members raised questions on the excerpts of the Bill. Senator Shahadat Awan suggested reviewing the Bill clause by clause in order to remove any lacunas in the legislation.
Chairman Committee Senator Kauda Babar urged the committee members to look into the matter beyond party lines in interest of the whole country.
Senator Afnan Ullah Khan of PML-N supported the legislation and termed the Bill as a very important step towards development of IT sector in Pakistan.
Committee members unanimously passed the Bill after due deliberations.
Meeting was attended by Senators, Dr. Shahzad Waseem (LOH), Seemi Eezdi, Zeeshan Khanzada, Sania Nishtar, Sana Jamali, Palwasha Muhammadzai Khan, Shahadat Awan, Afnan Ullah Khan, Naseema Ehsaan, Officials from Ministry of Information Technology and STZ Authority.