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Mr. Bill Gates, Co-chair and Founder of Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, called on the Prime Minister on 24 September 2013 on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for Mr. Bill Gates’ continued interest and support for Polio eradication in Pakistan. The Prime Minister informed Mr. Gates that his Government had redoubled its efforts to ensure effective implementation of the National Emergency Action Plan to completely eradicate polio in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister also shared with Mr. Bill Gates his government’s vision on science and technology promotion. In this regard, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of IT and telecommunication sector, especially its job creation potential for the youth of Pakistan. The Government was particularly committed to increase IT related exports, introduction of E-government Framework and establishment of Technology Parks.

Mr. Bill Gates appreciated the efforts made by Pakistan in the last two years on polio eradication. He recognized government’s commitment to reach all Pakistani children with Polio vaccine for the eradication of this debilitating disease. Mr. Bill Gates thanked the Prime Minster for sharing his vision on further strengthening Pakistan’s IT and Telecommunication sector.

25 September 2013

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