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Pakistan Development News: PM Khan Asks Bill Gates To EXPAND A Microsoft Incubation Lab In Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan (PM) encouraged Microsoft to expand its presence in Pakistan and set up a Microsoft incubation laboratory in the country.


The Premier spoke to Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), in a telephone conversation on Thursday, June 24, 2021.


Sources of news (Twitter) 

During the phone call, views were exchanged on the country’s ongoing polio eradication campaign in the state, as well as Pakistan’s response to public health challenges stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated the work of the foundation for the socio-economic improvement of the world’s most disadvantaged people; in particular to promote universal access to health services and fighting infectious diseases.

He expressed his gratitude, in particular, for their collaboration with Pakistan to rid the country of polio.

Prime Minister Khan reaffirmed that polio eradication remains a key national priority for the government and that serious efforts continue to further intensify the anti-polio campaign across the country despite the challenges enforced by the COVID-19 crisis to rid Pakistan from polio.

Bill Gates expressed his appreciation for the prime minister’s leadership in this national cause. While progress is encouraging, keeping the pressure up will be key to ending transmission for good, he added.

Furthermore, the prime minister highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to overcome the third wave of coronavirus in the country.

While discussing Pakistan’s potential in information technology (IT) and the government’s business-friendly IT policy, he encouraged Microsoft to further expand its impression in Pakistan.

Today’s phone call follows the visit of the high-level delegation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Polio Oversight Board (POB) to visit Pakistan in early June when Prime Minister Imran Khan met with POB leaders and summoned the national task force on polio eradication.

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