Microsoft to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan: Bill Gates

Leslie Hanson
January 9, 2019

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Microsoft Corporation Founder Bill Gates wrote that Microsoft could look for investment opportunities in Pakistan. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the prime minister on his victory in the recent general elections.

Addressing a press conference at the World Health Organization head office on his last day in the country, Dr Ghebreyesus said: "Pakistan also needs to stop transmission of virus of crippling disease from Afghanistan".

A month ago, billionaire philanthropist Gates had called PM Khan and discussed the steps the government had taken to eradicate polio from the country.

According to media reports, Bill and Melinda Gates foundation President Chris Elias contacted Imran Khan and gave the letter to the PM.

"The government is determined to implementing a transformative social and economic agenda for a "New Pakistan", he added.

He said the WHO had increased its focus on public health, country-level impact and improving people's access to health-related knowledge and information.

The prime minister said that Pakistan attached importance to WHO and appreciated its role in health care system. Imran reiterated his commitment to move forward on sustainable development agenda. He expressed the hope that WHO would continue as a reliable partner in government efforts to improve health facilities in Pakistan.

Pakistani officials say the country is on track to eradicate polio in 2019 despite Taliban attacks and superstition that has spurred many parents in the region bordering Afghanistan to refuse to vaccinate their children against the crippling disease.

WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also shared that WHO had intensified its activities in coordination with the government of Pakistan for polio eradication.

The foundation has been supporting Pakistan's polio eradication programme for years.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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