Microsoft hints at exploring investment opportunities in Pakistan

09 Janvier, 2019, 14:57 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
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In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Microsoft Corporation Founder Bill Gates wrote that Microsoft could look for investment opportunities in Pakistan.

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PM Khan had also told Gates that the government is facing some difficulties eradicating polio due to the movement of people between Pakistan and Afghanistan but that his government is working on a new strategy to counter this. With regards to polio eradication efforts by the government, the foreign minister emphasised that collaborative efforts at national, provincial and local levels would help in elimination of the disease and make Pakistan a zero polio country. Dr Christopher Elias, president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and PM's Focal Person on polio eradication Babar Atta were also present during the meeting. "The government is determined to implement a transformative social and economic agenda for a "New Pakistan", he added.

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The WHO chief visited Islamabad on Tuesday and met with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

World Health Organization has considerably increased level of support in Pakistan, mainly due to intensified activities of the polio eradication initiatives, Adhanom said.

In December a year ago, PM Imran Khan and Bill Gates had a telephonic conversation during which the latter praised Pakistani leader for his efforts for eradication of polio. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is focussed on eradicating poverty, improving children health, eradication of polio, and empowerment of poor especially women and young girls in the world. He said Pakistan attaches importance to WHO and appreciates the role of WHO in health care system of the country. He assured the delegation of full support in polio eradication and implementation of other health programmes in Pakistan in the days to come.


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