“Thank you” Ambassador Sandhu for a great conversation, Pichai said in a tweet after visiting the Indian Embassy in downtown Washington DC late last week. This is the first time that an Indian-American technology chief has visited the embassy here.
“I appreciated the opportunity to discuss Google’s commitment to India and look forward to continuing our support for India’s digital future,” said Pichai, who in January this year was named among the 17 winners to receive Padma Bhushan.
“Technology that transforms; ideas that enable!” tweeted Sandhu. “Glad to have” CEO of Google and Alphabet Sundar Pichai at the embassy, I said.
“Exchanging views on expanding India-US business, knowledge and technology partnership with Google,” the Indian envoy said.
Under Pichai, Google made a massive investment in India and dramatically expanded its footprint across a wide range of industries, including its training of the younger generation.
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He announced an investment of about 10 billion dollars Google for India digitization It also has partnerships with Addiction‘s Jio and with Bharti Airtel. Also, it partners with India for workforce development and skills development. They work with the government on the Digital India program and the national digital literacy mission.
During the meeting with the Indian ambassador, Pichai was very grateful for the initiatives taken by India and underlined how Google views India in a very positive light. The Ambassador highlighted the partnership between knowledge and education.
The CEO of Google, during the conversation, also reportedly talked about various ways that his partnership with India would advance especially in the education sector. They also discussed digitization efforts in India that Google is involved in, including digital payments and infrastructure digitization.
The Indian Ambassador noted that Google is an important partner in India’s digital transformation, which is a priority for the government.
Notably Google and its parent company Alphabet played an important role in the COVID-19 crisis last year. They have invested a lot of money to support India and they have been part of the global task force of US CEOs set up in this regard.
The Indian government has stepped up its engagement with US CEOs. Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal met with several Silicon Valley CEOs during his trip to California earlier this month.
Sandhu himself has met several CEOs during his recent trips there. He also visited the universities of Silicon Valley, considered the center of this innovation.
They also had a number of venture capitalists and start-up entrepreneurs in San Francisco as part of India’s latest push to engage more in the US tech sector.