Yesterday in Islamabad means 12th January 2017, Google Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for Southeast Asia and Chine Ann Lavin met with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. And They acknowledging the economic progress the country has made in the last three years and Google’s Director Lavin, while discussing the possibilities of her company’s collaboration in digitization of economic activity in the counter said that her company could assist in attracting investment in Pakistan, also could play a role in IT development and promotion of e-commerce in the country.
Level playing field for local and foreign investors:
On this occasion, Ishaq Dar asked the Google director to submit a complete plan for implementation of these proposals so it could be considered by relevant stakeholders. Moreover, he said that the government is committed to providing a level playing field to all prospective local and foreign investors. Talking about Pakistan being a potential economy in the world, Dar said It merits mentioning that Pakistan has been projected by many foreign institutions as the second best place for investment in the world. With turnaround of Pakistan’s economy, improved energy and security situation, macroeconomic stability and conducive environment for enhanced commercial activities and foreign direct investments, and many new investors have also shown a keen interest to invest in IT sector of Pakistan.
Google has worked in partnership and capitalized in many technology projects of Pakistan in past, like Startup Summit 2016, tech incubator Nest I/O and more. The meeting was also attended by the senior officials of the Finance Division and Google representatives.
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