STZA partners with PAFLA to empower Pakistani freelancers

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Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA) and Pakistan Freelancers Association (PAFLA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Islamabad on January 6, 2022.

Pakistan Freelancers Association (PAFLA) is a non-profit organization founded to empower Pakistani freelancers through mentoring, providing opportunities, collaborating with government, industry and academia, and providing them with a platform as well as a support group to help them develop their careers and overcome their challenges.

Pakistan has recorded remarkable growth in recent years and has become the fourth fastest growing freelance market in the world. Pakistan’s current freelance market has over a million people working in various specialist fields. STZA plans to collaborate with PAFLA to provide an enabling environment for the freelance industry in Pakistan where the freelance workforce is treated as equal partners and contributors to the economy.

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Mr. Amer Hashmi, Chairman of STZA, called for undertaking joint efforts to make Pakistan a leading catalyst and a leading market for freelancers by providing ease of doing business, capacity building, mentorship and a broad base of tech jobs in all corners of Pakistan to achieve sustainable economic growth.

STZA aims to organize and co-host youth-focused awareness sessions, workshops and training programs with PAFLA for young people, and establish a brand presence among universities by appointing university students as brand ambassadors . Primary qualitative research will be conducted, including interviews, surveys, and questionnaires, to help STZA create a solid framework to identify gaps and challenges in Pakistan’s freelance community.

The STZA anticipates that this MoU will support the prosperity and growth of the freelance community. It will also create global opportunities for Pakistani freelancers, create job opportunities for young people and help remove all barriers for the Pakistani freelancer community.

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