Interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar engaged in a substantive meeting with Bill Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, during a diplomatic encounter in Davos amidst the 54th annual World Economic Forum (WEF).
The dialogue between the two influential figures delved into a spectrum of social support initiatives actively underway in Pakistan, with a collective emphasis on the imperative to solidify existing gains while concurrently amplifying efforts across the nation.
PM Kakar conveyed his deep appreciation for the continuous collaboration between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Pakistan. He particularly acknowledged the foundation’s pivotal role in critical sectors such as public health, social initiatives, and financial inclusion, and its unwavering support during the tumultuous periods of the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating floods of 2022.
Furthermore, the caretaker prime minister delineated the collaborative efforts of the government in combating poverty and malnutrition, underscoring the significance of unified approaches to address these pressing issues.
In parallel, PM Kakar seized the opportunity to engage with his Belgian counterpart, Alexander De Croo, on the sidelines of the 54th WEF meeting.
During this meeting, both leaders reasserted their commitment to bolstering high-level exchanges and promoting bilateral cooperation across various domains of mutual interest.
Discussions spanned trade and investment, migration, mobility, and higher education. The leaders expressed great satisfaction at the burgeoning trade and economic ties and commemorated the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belgium and Pakistan, reflecting on the historical depth of their diplomatic ties.