Vice Chancellor of the IT University (ITU) Lahore and Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Dr. Umar Saif has been invited by the White House to participate in 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held at the Stanford University, Silicon Valley California USA on 22 to 24 June 2016.
Pakistan got representation first time in the GES which will also be addressed among others by the US president Barak Obama.
The invitation letter issued by the White House on 27th May, describes the criteria to select Pakistan among a few countries across the globe those had demonstrated track record of promoting entrepreneurship, have a concrete plan for future support of the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, have the ability to announce a new government initiative, program 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.
Meanwhile, on winning this honor for Pakistan, Dr. Umar Saif said that he was thankful to his almighty Allah that the work of PITB and ITU was being recognized globally.
“The main driving force behind our ICT initiatives is the Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif who always extended his generous support for the e-governance projects in Punjab. Our work is now being replicated by other provinces and even countries like Albania and Romania. We have established the largest and first Start-up Incubator-Plan9 in Pakistan that is being replicated by other universities and colleges in Pakistan now. PlanX and the TechHub Connect are another state of the art projects that are equally supporting entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The Plan9 incubated companies have won international rapport and fetching reasonable foreign investment to Pakistan,” said Dr. Umar Saif.
Dr. Saif assured that he will work hard to make Pakistan stand among the list of developed countries.
He had won a number of world titles but he showed the utmost enthusiasm when last year he was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the 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.
On the other hand, Jehan Ara, the president of Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), and The Nest I/O Pakistan Information Technology and Services is also invited in the GES by the White House on behalf of President Barack Obama to speak on entrepreneurship in Pakistan.