Google delegation meets Punjab CM


LAHORE – A delegation led by Vice President South Asia and South Eastern Asia of Google Rajan Anandan met Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, here on Thursday.

It was agreed in the meeting to promote cooperation between Punjab government and Google in information technology sector. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that promotion of information technology is the top priority of the government. He said that information technology is being fully utilized for the capacity-building of provincial departments and institutions which is resulting in promotion of e-governance in the province.

He said that it is the need of the hour to benefit from digital technology for the provision of speedy and best services to the masses. He said that Punjab government was fully benefitting from digital technology for improvement in education, health, infrastructure, law & order, police and other sectors while the system of monitoring of governmental affairs through smart phones has also been introduced due to which the efficiency of departments as well as provision of services to the masses has considerably improved.

He further said that work is being carried out on Safe City Project for controlling crime and maintenance of peace. Similarly, he said, a project has been evolved for setting up a modern Knowledge Park and its completion will help in promotion of education and research activities as well as information technology. He said that Land Record Management & Information System has facilitated the people in acquiring their ownership deeds as well as eliminated corruption, fraud and forgery.

He said that first Information Technology University of the country in public sector has been set up in Lahore which is playing an important role in equipping the students with modern knowledge. Shehbaz said that he wants to promote cooperation with Google for the promotion of information technology and steps will be taken expeditiously for this purpose.

Vice President South Asia and South Eastern Asia of Google Rajan Anandan said that cooperation with Punjab government in information technology sector will be promoted and they will be happy to work with Punjab under the leadership of Shehbaz. Analyst Public Policy & Government Relations South East Asia Alex Long, Country Manager for South Asia Ms. Tania Aidrus and Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board Dr Umer Saif were also present on the occasion.

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