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Pakistan's biggest tech expo kicks off with leading Saudi startups ... - Arab News

Last updated Friday, January 6, 2023 12:05 ET , Source: TopWireNews

Future Fest’s 2nd edition in Lahore brings together 500 startups from more than 30 countries
Event hosting leading Saudi companies supported by Digital Cooperation Organization and Saudi Invest
LAHORE: Pakistan’s largest tech conference and expo, Future Fest, kicked off on Friday, with a range of Saudi startups present at the event to explore opportunities for collaboration and expansion.
Themed #SaveTheFuture, Future Fest 2023 is a three-day expo bringing together 50,000 participants, representatives of 500 startups and 200 exhibitors from more than 30 countries.
After premiering in Islamabad last year, the expo’s second edition is held in Lahore in partnership with the administration of Punjab province and the Punjab Information Technology Board.
The Saudi delegation taking part in the event includes senior representatives from the Riyadh-based Digital Cooperation Organization and Invest Saudi, the investment attraction and promotion brand under the Kingdom’s Ministry of Investment.
“I’m hoping we come out of this event with some MoUs and deals signed, (and) potentially new hires being done in Pakistan as part of this event,” DCO director Abdul Karim Samakie told the audience during Friday’s panel session titled “Saudi ecosystem and expansion opportunities.”
Rizwan Saeed Sheikh, Pakistan’s additional foreign secretary for the Middle East, who was part of the panel, said that there were vast opportunities for collaboration, especially as Pakistan had human capital and a...



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