White House invites Dr Saif to GES 2016; Shehbaz felicitates

Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board Dr Omer Saif on invitation of participation in Global Entrepreneurship Conference at White House.
He said it is first time in the history of the country that an opportunity is being given to a Pakistani to participate in this conference. He said invitation to Dr Omer Saif to attend Global Entrepreneurship Conference at White House is an honour for Pakistan.
He said Dr Omer Saif has played a prominent role for the promotion of information technology and use of information technology for capacity-building of government institutions in Punjab.
He said Information Technology University headed by Dr Omer Saif is equipping the youth with modern knowledge.
It was reported earlier that Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Chairman and IT University (ITU) Lahore Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif has been invited by White House to participate in 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held at the Stanford University, Silicon Valley California USA from June 22 to 24 2016. The PITB spokesman said here Saturday that Pakistan got representation first time in the GES that would also be addressed among others by the US President Barak Obama.
The invitation letter issued by the White House on May 27, describes the criteria to select Pakistan among a few countries across the globe those have demonstrated track record of promoting entrepreneurship; have a concrete plan for future support of the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem; have ability to announce a new government initiative; programme or regulation that supports the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem at GES; and have a commitment to providing information for an implementation report released at GES 2017, he added.
The spokesman said that Dr Umar Saif had won a number of world titles but he showed the utmost enthusiasm when last year he was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz on virtue of his remarkable services for Pakistan in the field of technology. “Dr Umar Saif is a patriotic Pakistani who loves reciting poetry of Iqbal and Faiz,” he mentioned. Meanwhile, on winning this honour for Pakistan, Dr Umar Saif said that he was thankful to his almighty Allah that the work of the PITB and ITU was being recognised globally. He said, “The main driving force behind our IT initiatives is the Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, who always extended his generous support for the e-governance projects.—APP

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