Microsoft: PM motivates to expand footprint in Pakistan

 Microsoft: PM motivates to expand footprint in Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan and founder of Microsoft Bill Gates

ISLAMABAD, 24 June: Prime Minister(PM) Imran Khan talk with the founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, over the telephone, the Prime Minister’s Office said Thursday.

Both exchanged views on the ongoing polio eradication campaign in the country as well as on Pakistan’s response to the public health challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

PM Imran Khan admired the work of the foundation for the socio-economic uplift of the most disadvantaged people around the world, especially for encourage universal access to health services and combating infectious diseases.

He expressed gratitude, in particular, for its partnership with Pakistan to rid the country of polio.

PM Khan extends that polio eradication remained a key national priority for the government and earnest efforts were continuing to further raise the anti-polio campaign across the country for all the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 crisis to make Pakistan a polio-free country.

Recalling that a special polio eradication campaign was initiated in the country earlier this month (June 7-11 ), during which vaccine drops were managed to over 33 million children under five years of age, he expressed his satisfaction over the substantive progress in cutting the transmission of the poliovirus in the country.

He expected that polio will be eradicated soon with the support of all partners.

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

Apart from, the premier highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to overcome the third wave of coronavirus in the country.

While alluding to Pakistan’s potential in the Information Technology (IT) sector and the government’s business-friendly IT policy, he encouraged Microsoft to further expand its footprint in Pakistan.

Today’s telephone call follows the high-level Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Polio Oversight Board (POB) legation visit to Pakistan in early June when Prime Minister Imran Khan met with POB leadership and had ordered the National Task Force on Polio Eradication.

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