Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at Davos on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF), held at an exclusive ski resort in Switzerland.
Sheryl Sandberg extended invitation to Prime Minister Imran Khan for visiting Facebook headquarters at Silicon Valley which is home to many start-up and global technology companies, including Apple, and Google besides Facebook.
The prime minister invited Facebook to consider investments to support Pakistani incubators and to help with digital literacy initiatives. He stated that social media platforms should establish third-party fact-checking services for more responsible digital journalism.
Telenor Chairperson Gunn Waersted and CEO Sigve Brekke also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and reiterated the company’s strong commitment to Pakistan’s technology sector and shared their ideas on developing the sector in the South Asian country.
Imran Khan appreciated Telenor’s confidence in Pakistan due to its presence in the country since 2005 with an investment of around 3.5 billion dollars. He emphasized the government’s focus on investment in the training and development of young people for skill enhancement.
Discussions were held on enhancing the application of digital solutions for good governance, poverty alleviation through use of connectivity and increased economic transactions through mobile. Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Zulfiqar Bukhari, Ali Jehangir Siddiqui, State Bank Governor Raza Baqir and Digital Pakistan head Tania Aidrus were also present.
PM INVITES JOE KAESER
In a meeting with Siemens Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his desire that the company could introduce high technology skills training programmes for Pakistani engineers under the Hunarmand Jawan programme.
The Siemens is one of the world’s leading companies, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitization. Appreciating the long association of Siemens with Pakistan’s energy sector, Imran Khan said that skills development of youth is among top priorities of his government.
He emphasized that the skills development would ultimately lead to employment generation and economic growth, an area where Siemens’ cooperation would prove to be helpful. He also invited Siemens to support Pakistani universities and extended an invitation to CEO Joe Kaeser to visit Pakistan.
SAP IN PAKISTAN
In a meeting with System, Applications and Product (SAP) Chief Executive Officer Christian Klein, Prime Minister Imran Khan invited the software solution company of the international acclaim to support Digital Pakistan initiative in skills development and training of youth in collaboration with major universities.
He expressed a desire for establishing SAP laboratories in Pakistan for the promotion of software engineering. The SAP is one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies, known for its enterprise resource planning software with a significant footprint in the public and private sector of Pakistan.
Imran Khan said that his government was utilizing digital applications for governance including citizen’s complaint redressal, for procedural efficiency at public offices and for improving ease-of-doing-business. Christian Klein apprised the prime minister that SAP had a long association with Pakistan since last 20 years with its digital system for administering salaries and pensions.
He appreciated Pakistan’s focus on digitization of governance and economic sectors and expressed his company’s commitment to training young software engineers in Germany and using them for software development in Pakistan. Advisers Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Abdul Razaq Dawood were also present in the meeting.
SUSAN WOJCICKI MEETS PM
YouTube Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Susan Wojcicki also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan. 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.