A five-member Google delegation met with key officials from the Ministries of Information and Telecommunication, Commerce, and Law and Justice. Kyle Gardner, public policy manager for South Asia, led the delegation, which met with MoITT officials, including Secretary IT Mohsin Mushtaq and Member IT Syed Junaid Imam. The delegation was informed that Pakistan is taking steps to protect user data and privacy.
According to sources, the delegation welcomed Pakistan’s new data protection laws.
The establishment of a liaison office in Pakistan, as well as investment, was also discussed during the visit. While registering as a company in SECP, Google established an office in Karachi, but the Ministry of IT wants the company to go one step further and establish a compliance office in Islamabad, according to the sources.
According to MoITT, Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haq wants Google to set up a compliance office in Islamabad so that any disputes can be referred to this office immediately.
MoITT is already in contact with Google, Facebook, and other companies about opening offices in Pakistan. The leading tech firm and other companies will learn about Pakistani laws and values by establishing a compliance office there.
During a meeting with officials from Pakistan’s Ministry of IT, Ministry of Commerce, and Ministry of Law and Justice, the delegation discussed new investment opportunities. Earlier, the delegation met with officials from the Punjab IT Board in Lahore to discuss Google certification and other projects.
The headquarter based in California, the firm has launched several initiatives in Pakistan in recent years. Google launched career certifications in September to provide all Pakistanis with flexible learning paths. Google has launched a suicide hotline in Pakistan in June 2022 to address suicides and mental health issues which proved beneficial for many people suffering with mental health problems and seeking information about suicide from tech giant so they were guided by the Google to the professionals who could help them out in their mental health issues.