Google’s plans for enabling access across India and the role of technology in empowering Indian users were discussed as IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad met the internet giant’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai.
Prasad visited Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California yesterday, according to a statement from Google. During the visit to the Google Campus, Prasad met senior members of the leadership team at Google to discuss the role technology can play in empowering Indian users and addressing challenges unique to India.
“Digital payments have played a pivotal role in India’s growth story and they are driving the digital revolution in India,” Prasad said, adding that companies like Google are an integral part of the Indian government’s efforts to digitally empower India’s citizens.
At the meeting, Pichai said it was great to discuss with the Indian leader the country’s “exciting digital transformation that’s bringing lots of new opportunity to the region. It’s a privilege to be a part of it.”
During his visit to California, Prasad held discussions with several leading technology and business CEOs and senior executives including venture capitalists focused on the Indian market.
The meetings discussed the need to work collectively to better manage technology challenges like data privacy and security issues, especially in the context of next-generation technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, according to a statement by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).