Nawaz meets Bill Gates on sidelines of UNGA

Published September 26, 2013
Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif shakes hand with Bill Gates.    — Photo by Online
Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif shakes hand with Bill Gates. — Photo by Online

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Bill Gates, co-chair and founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the sideline of the 68th session of the United nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the premiere appreciated Mr Gate's continued interest in 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.

Mr Gates praised efforts made by Pakistan over the past two years for eradicating the crippling disease disease from the country.

He recognised government's commitment to reach all Pakistani children with Polio vaccine for the eradication of this debilitating disease.

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.

Mr Sharif said that his government was committed to increase IT-related exports, introducing e-government framework and establishing technology parks.

Bill Gates thanked the Pakistani premier for sharing his vision on further strengthening Pakistans IT and Telecommunication sector.

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