Pakistan has a reputation for some of its major achievements in science and tech. In 2016, The Diplomat reported about Pakistan’s potential for growth but with considerable challenges that the fostering of innovation and protection of intellectual property. By 2018, organisations in Pakistan began to embrace digital transformation and became more open to various technological innovations. Three years later, the Pakistani prime minister sent an invitation to the German software giant for its digitisation efforts.
Back in 2017, Martin Dow Marker (MDM) Ltd and Martin Dow Marker Specialties (MDMS) made history as the first pharmaceutical company in Pakistan to implement the SAP S/4 HANA cloud ERP software suite.
In an article published by Business Recorder, they reported that Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, sends an invitation to SAP to put up software labs in the country.
Imran Khan explained that Pakistan has been utilising digital solutions, particularly in addressing citizen complaints, improving ease-of-doing-business, and procedural efficiency.
SAP’s Co-CEO, Christian Klein, called out to the Pakistani Prime Minister during the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2020 at Davos, Switzerland.
During the meeting, Pakistani officials such as the Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Advisor on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, SAPM Dr. Moeed Yusuf, SAPM Syed Zulfigar and Ambassador at Large on Foreign Investment Ali Jehangir Siddiqui were present as well.
Klein reminded PM Imran Khan of SAP’s history with Pakistan that has lasted for two decades. One of SAP’s most significant projects in the country was the digital system used for administering the pensions and salaries of the Government of Pakistan.
The SAP Co-CEO further expressed appreciation about the efforts of the Pakistan government in focusing more on the digitisation of its economic and government sectors, adding that SAP is committed to training young software engineers in Germany. He hopes that these young engineers will be beneficial for software development in the country.
In his speech during the Pakistan Strategy Dialogue at Davos, Switzerland last Wednesday, the Pakistani prime minister put the limelight on the potentials of Pakistan for tourism.
In his statement, he said that top travelling bodies have identified Pakistan as a top travelling destination. He adds:
“We believe that tourism has the potential to earn a lot of foreign exchange for Pakistan.”
PM Imran was also engaged in a meeting with Ahmet Calik, the Chairman of the Turkish company, Calik Holding, a finance company that operates across various sectors such as construction, energy, mining, telecom and textile since the year 1980s.