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* Imran Khan invites German Software Company to support Pakistan and thank Azerbaijan’s president

Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have expressed their desire to more deepen bilateral ties between Pakistan and Singapore with focus on improving trade and investment. The two leaders expressed the desire during their meeting held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a Foreign Office statement issued on Wednesday said. Referring to the present improvements in Pakistan’s rankings through dissimilar rating agencies, Imran Khan invited the Singaporean businessmen and investors to increase their footprint in Pakistan. He also apprised the Singapore’s prime minister of the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian-held Kashmir. Both sides also accepted to improve cooperation at the multilateral fora. Meanwhile, President of IMF Kristalina Georgieva called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Davos. President of ADB Masatsugu Asakawa also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan, PM Office media wing said. In his meeting with President Aliyev, Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on his country’s support as a member of OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir. The two leaders discussed the whole spectrum of bilateral relations that are marked by mutual trust and support, a PM Office statement said. The prime minister updated President Aliyev on the grave and systematic human rights violations in the Indian-held Kashmir. Imran Khan reiterated Pakistan’s support to Azerbaijan on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh. The two sides reiterated mutual support for each other’s national reasons and resolved to further deepen bilateral relation in all fields. It was also accepted to sustain frequent bilateral exchanges, counting at the highest level.

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President Aliyev invited Prime Minister Khan to visit Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YouTube Susan Wojcicki and CEO Siemens Joe Kaeser separately called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Davos. Discussions were held on utilizing digital platforms for image building of Pakistan, promotion of tourism and attracting investments. Utilization of digital platforms for promotion of education was also discussed. Discussions were also held on technology transfer, investment and skills enhancement cooperation. In another meeting, Imran Khan invited SAP (System, Applications and Product), a software solution company of international acclaim, to support ‘Digital Pakistan’ initiative in skills development and training of youth in collaboration with main universities. In a meeting with Chief Executive Officer SAP Christian Klein on the sidelines of World Economic Forum at the Swiss resort Davos, the prime minister expressed desire for organizing SAP laboratories in Pakistan for promotion of software engineering, a PM Office statement said issued. It is also said that SAP (System, Applications and Product) is one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies, known for their Enterprise Resource Planning Software with an important footprint in the public and private sector of Pakistan.

 

Imran Khan urged his government is utilizing digital applications for governance counting citizen’s complaint redressal, for procedural competence at public offices and for enhancing ease of doing business. Christian Klein apprised the Prime Minister that SAP has a long association with Pakistan since last 20 years with its most important project the digital system for administering salaries and pensions of the government of Pakistan. He appreciated Pakistan’s focus on digitization of governance and economic sectors and expressed SAP’s commitment to train young software engineers in Germany and using them for software development in Pakistan.

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Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) Seth Berkley called on Prime Minister Imran Khan. The prime minister apprised the CEO of government’s policy reforms for strengthening the health sector in Pakistan. He appreciated the continuous support extended by GAVI to Pakistan to protect children against deadly but preventable diseases. He said Pakistan has become the first country globally to launch typhoid vaccine in its routine immunization schedule. He mentioned the government’s attempts to eradicate polio from the country and to achieve the goal of universal immunization coverage.

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