Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met Mr. Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos today. MoS Information Technology Ms. Anusha Rehman , Special Assistant to PM Mr. Ali Jehangir Siddiqui and senior government officials were also
present. During the meeting, the Prime Minister appreciated that Telenor has created jobs for around 130,000 Pakistanis, directly and indirectly. He acknowledged Telenor’s investment in the training and development of its workforce and thanked the CEO Telenor for providing many Pakistanis the opportunity to work in a progressive environment.
While recalling the inauguration of Telenor’s new Headquarter in Islamabad, the Prime Minister stated that he was pleased to observe the state-of-the-art facility that has set new standards for workplace environment in Pakistan. CEO Telenor thanked the Prime Minister for facilitating Telenor’s operation in Pakistan and expressed the hope to further expand operations including trainings to Pakistani workforce in latest telecom technologies. He also indicated that Telenor is actively looking at new investment opportunities in the liberal policy environment and a supportive regulatory regime has provided the incentives for more investment.
Telenor has been operating in Pakistan since 2005 and has also launched convenient mobile financial transaction mechanism namely ‘EasyPaisa’. Telenor has so far invested over US$3.5 Billion in Pakistan.\
PM’s Meeting with Bill Gates
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met Mr. Bill Gates, Co- Chairman of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos today. Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of
State for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Special Assistant to PM Mr. Ali Jehangir Siddiqui and senior government officials were also present. The Prime Minister thanked and appreciated the support provided by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Pakistan, particularly for the Polio Eradication Program. The Prime Minister discussed avenues of partnership in health, education and other social sectors with Mr. Gates.
Small and Medium Enterprizes (SMEs) and empowerment of farmers through financial and digital inclusion was also discussed during the meeting. We are focused on social sector reforms and the recent major initiatives of our government in health and education (sectors) would certainly benefit people in general and the poor and vulnerable in particular, highlighted the Prime Minister.
While recalling the meeting held at the sidelines of UNGA last year, the Prime Minister apprised about the progress made by Directorate of National Savings that has partnered with Karandaaz Pakistan to digitize over 7 million accounts and certificate holders among which more than half of them are women. Karandaaz Pakistan is a Pakistani company working for promoting access to finance for small businesses through commercially directed investments and financial inclusion for individuals.