FM Bilawal urges Meta to open its office in Pakistan



NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday prompted Facebook’s parent establishment, Meta, to open its office in Pakistan.

The foreign minister made the reflections during his meeting with President, Global Affairs at Meta, Nick Clegg in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

“Pakistan’s IT sector has registered strong growth in recent history opening new openings for platforms like Meta to expand its operations in Pakistan,” said FM Bilawal.

During the meeting, the foreign minister briefed Clegg about the openings available in Pakistan, its tech-smart youthful population(64 below the age of 30), high teledensity, massive digitization of the frugality, and business-friendly nonsupervisory governance.

FM Bilawal also thanked Meta for giving Rs. 125 million for philanthropic backing to Pakistan in the wake of deadly cataracts.

“These are testing times for Pakistan and this donation would be helpful for our flood tide relief operations,” he added.

The foreign minister said, “After cataracts, the task of full recovery, recuperation, and reconstruction can not be fulfilled without the support of the private sector.”

Speaking on the occasion, Clegg expressed his solidarity and sympathy with Pakistan on the desolation caused by unknown cataracts.

He said that Meta’s Pakistan platoon comprised entirely of Pakistani professionals. He briefed the foreign minister on Meta’s ongoing connectivity and capacity-structure programmes in Pakistan.

Clegg reaffirmed Meta’s interest in continued engagement with Pakistan to explore modalities of further strengthening collaboration in digital space.

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