In a series of meetings with American CEOs, India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu met Google CEO Sunder Pichai at the Indian Embassy in Washington. It was the first-ever visit by an Indian American CEO to the embassy. Earlier Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal had met several American CEOs during his California trip early this month.
• Sunder Pichai visited Indian Embassy to discuss Google’s commitment to India
• Google has made massive investments in India under Sunder Pichai
• Sunder Pichai and the Indian envoy discussed digitalization efforts in India
Why Did Sunder Pichai Meet Indian Envoy?
Sunder Pichai was in Indian Embassy to discuss the various aspects of Google’s activities in India, especially in the push toward digitalization. He thanked the Indian Envoy for the great conversation and said that he was looking forward to continuing their support for India’s digital future. Mr. Pichai was named among the 17 awardees to receive Padma Bhushan in January.
What Is Google’s Commitment To India?
The tech company is investing about $10 billion under Google for India digitization. Also, it is in partnership with Reliance’s Jio as well as with Bharti Airtel. Google is also India’s partner in Digital India Program, and national digital literacy mission. The two leaders also discussed digitalization efforts including digital payments and infrastructure digitization in the country.
The Indian Ambassador noted the role Google and its parent company Alphabet played during the COVID-19 crisis last year. Google invested a huge sum to support the country. Also, the tech giant was a part of the global task force of American CEOs set by the Indian government.
Mr. Pichai appreciated the initiatives taken by India and underscored how Google was looking at the country in a very positive framework. The Ambassador also highlighted the importance of partnership in knowledge and education.