Prime Minister Imran Khan invited Facebook Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Sandberg to take part in a virtual meeting this week to discuss the social media platform’s investments in Pakistan, the company’s support for digital literacy initiatives in the country and its work around COVID-19. During the chat, the two prominent personalities also discussed topics including financing and how Facebook can increase its footprint in Pakistan. During the meeting, PM Imran also acknowledged the great potential digital platforms such as Facebook provide and the role they can play in giving global opportunities to the Pakistani youth and entrepreneurs in general. The same was posted on the premier’s official Twitter handle.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI held a virtual meeting with @sherylsandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), to discuss Facebook’s investments in Pakistan, the company’s support for digital literacy initiatives in the country and its work around COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/fhK82qa3Kq
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) October 9, 2020
He stressed on how the opportunities they create can lift people out of poverty in Pakistan. The prime minister also raised concerns around the global rise in hate and extremism and the challenge of fighting hate speech online. The two also discussed Facebook’s connectivity investments and research grants that were awarded this year to Pakistan-based academics.
Other topics that were discussed included Facebook’s blood donations product, which saw more than five million people sign up since its launch, as well as Facebook’s support for the government’s goal of a polio-free Pakistan. The PM and Sandberg also spoke about Facebook’s SheMeansBusiness Program which is training some 6,700 women across Pakistan. Sandberg and PM Imran last met in Davos, Switzerland, in January this year. On Wednesday, PM Imran said the present government’s goal is a self-reliant Pakistan that will emerge as a global power. He was speaking at the final session of national seminar on “Resetting and Rebooting Pakistan’s ICT Sector” at the National Defence University, Islamabad.