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Prime Minister Imran Khan has revealed that he invited Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates to Pakistan to “fully involve him into the IT sector” of the country.

“He always remained in touch [with me] regarding polio eradication efforts and I invited him [Gates] to visit Pakistan after no polio case was recorded across the country,” said the premier on Monday while addressing an E-Commerce Pakistan Convention in Islamabad on Monday.

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“My aim was to fully involve him in the IT sector of the country… and seek his advice. At this stage I will not make any announcement but in the coming days will give you good news,” he remarked.

He also appreciated the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s contributions to eradicate polio endemic in Pakistan.

PM Imran said Pakistan’s IT sector exports have the potential to cross $50 billion per annum mark while terming it the future of the country.

Also read: Dawood cherishes 42% surge in IT exports

The premier said his government was taking all-out measures to remove hurdles in the IT sector and for this purpose registered freelancers across the country have been exempted from all taxes.

Pakistan’s exports of information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services have increased by 42% to $635 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021-22 compared to $445 million in the same quarter of the previous year, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood had said.

Pakistan mainly exported software services to IT companies in the west, information and communications technology (ICT) expert Parvez Iftikhar earlier told The Express Tribune.

At the start of his address, PM Imran asked the audience “which sentence I use the most”.

He added that since coming into power he had been using the phrase Ghbarana nai hai [don’t panic] because he knew that his government would have to take tough decisions to rescue the country “as it was on a verge of collapse”.

Abdul Gh Lone

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