PM Khan invites German software giant to establish labs in Pakistan

DAVOS: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday met with several heads of digital and technology firms, including Christian Klein, the chief operating officer of SAP — a European software cooperation, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens.

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“The Prime Minister made the offer in a meeting with SAP CEO Christian Klein on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum being held in Davos, Switzerland,” read a tweet shared by the PM Office.

In the meeting, the German executive briefed PM Imran on SAP’s long association with the country over the past 20 years. He highlighted that the most significant project taken up by the German firm was of administering a digital system of salaries and pensions for the federal government.

“The Prime Minister also offered SAP to establish software labs in Pakistan to do software engineering work for SAP in Pakistan,” said the PM Office.

SAP CEO Klein lauded the Pakistan government’s focus on digitisation of governance and economic sectors in his meeting with the premier.

Klein expressed the company’s commitment to training young software engineers in Germany and using them for software development in Pakistan.

The meeting was also attended by Advisor on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bokhari, SAPM Dr Moeed Yusuf, Ambassador at Large on Foreign Investment Ali Jehangir Siddiqui.

Earlier, PM Imran also held a meeting with Chairman of Turkish company Çalık Holding Ahmet Çalık.

Advisor on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, SAPM Syed Zulfiqar Abbasi, SAPM Dr Moeed Yusuf, Ambassador at large on Investments Ali Jehangir Siddiqui were also present on the occasion.

Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at Davos, on the sidelines of WEF.

Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, SAPM Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Ambassador at Large on Investments Ali Jehangir Siddiqui were also present.

While appreciating the long association of Siemens with Pakistan’s energy sector, Prime Minister Imran stated that skills development of youth is among top priorities of the government. In this regard, the prime minister expressed his desire for Siemens to introduce high technology skills training programs for Pakistani engineers under the ‘Hunarmand Jawan’ programme.

The prime minister emphasised that skills development will ultimately lead to employment generation and economic growth in the country. He also invited Siemens to support Pakistani universities.

Prime Minister Imran also extended an invitation to the CEO of Siemens to visit Pakistan.

YouTube CEO meets PM Imran

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Davos.

SAPM Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and Ambassador at large on Investments Ali Jehangir Siddiqui, Head of Digital Media Tania Aidrus were also present during the exchange.

According to a press release, discussions on utilising digital platforms for building Pakistan’s image were held. The Pakistani entourage also discussed the possibilities of promoting tourism, education and attracting investment through digital platforms.

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