IT minister lauds Google for enabling digital transformation in country

Google is set to launch an early age programming initiative aimed at teaching programming to young kids in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque on Friday appreciated efforts made by Google towards bringing a digital transformation in the country.

The federal minister was virtually briefed by Pakistan’s Google team about initiatives currently being undertaken by the company in the country and how Pakistan is taking steps towards digitisation and instilling the importance of computer science education and use of technology in its youth.

The minister assured the government is willing to provide the necessary support to aid digital transformation in the country.

Google Head of Public Policy in Pakistan Nick Baue, informed that Google through a collaborative effort with other stakeholders in Pakistan, is launching an early age programming initiative, called CS First, which would be the first time that such a programme is carried out in the country.

Google Country Head for Pakistan Farhan Qureshi briefed the federal minister about the previous initiatives that Google has carried out including having DSC leads in different cities of the country and organising the first ever Developer Student Clubs (DSC) Summit in Pakistan. 

He further said that Google is gradually establishing a foot-hold in the country which will lead to more IT related projects aimed at creating a digital renaissance in Pakistan.

Tech Valley Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Umar Farooq requested support from the federal minister regarding the early age programming initiative which will be carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication, in the country.

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