Islamabad/Riyadh, 19 August 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held a video call with Deemah Al Yahya, the Secretary General of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO), on Thursday.

The Foreign Minister acknowledged the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initiative of forming a Digital Cooperation organization. He further reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to its partnership with DCO.

Moreover, the Foreign Minister called for renewed efforts to achieve the shared goal of digital transformation. He also emphasized on promoting joint initiatives for Information and communications technology (ICT) firms to enhance socio-economic development.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto expressed Pakistan’s keen desire to further deepen its engagement with the organization in the areas of trade, investment, and digital economy.

Further, the Foreign Minister underscored that Pakistan looks forward to exchanging best practices in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.

He also shared Pakistan’s desire to explore investment opportunities through the DCO platform and promote employment opportunities for the country’s youth.

Moreover, the Secretary General of DCO briefed the Foreign Minister on the strategic vision and ongoing programs of the organization. In addition, she underlined the vast opportunities for collaboration between DCO and Pakistan.

Further, Deemah Al Yahya also expressed the desire to further strengthen the Organization’s ongoing partnership with Pakistan.

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Digital Cooperation Organization

Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) was established in November 2020. The seven states of the organization include Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, and Nigeria.

The purpose behind the establishment of the organization was to drive greater collaboration among states. The DCO aims to promote entrepreneurship, business growth, innovation, and employment in a shared digital economy.

Moreover, the DCO’s mission is to empower women, entrepreneurs, and youth to promote growth in the digitalized economy.

In April 2021, Deemah Al Yahya was appointed the first Secretary General of the organization for a term of four years.