Bill Gates seeks to tap into Pakistan’s IT sector

Bill Gates seeks to tap into Pakistan’s IT sector
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Dr. Christopher Elias delivered a letter from Bill Gates, in the picture, to the Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday in Islamabad. (AFP/File)
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Dr. Christopher Elias, President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Division and WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with Prime Minister Khan. (Photo Courtesy: PID)
Updated 09 January 2019

Bill Gates seeks to tap into Pakistan’s IT sector

Bill Gates seeks to tap into Pakistan’s IT sector
  • Expresses an interest to invest in the country in letter to PM Khan
  • His non-profit organization has been supporting Islamabad’s polio eradication program for years

ISLAMABAD: Bill Gates, the billionaire business magnate and founder of Microsoft, has expressed an interest to invest in Pakistan’s IT sector, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party tweeted on Wednesday.
Dr. Christopher Elias, President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Division met with Prime Minister Khan in Islamabad, on Tuesday, and “delivered a letter from Mr. Bill Gates to the Prime Minister,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement, without divulging any further details.
PM Khan’s administration is working round the clock to attract direct foreign investment, vowing to introduce wide-ranging reforms for global investors and leading international businesses.
PM Khan and Gates discussed efforts for the eradication of polio during a telephone call on December 5 last month.
Gates, on his part, assured the premier of continued cooperation in various fields, in addition to “strengthening of the IT sector in the country was also discussed.”
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been supporting Pakistan’s polio eradication program for years.
The meeting on Tuesday was attended by officials from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Dr. Ghebreyesus congratulated PM Khan on his victory in the recent general elections. “He also informed the Prime Minister about WHO’s ongoing programs/projects in Pakistan. The WHO has considerably increased its level of support in Pakistan, mainly due to intensified activities of the polio eradication initiatives,” the PM Office said in a statement after the meeting.