“Google to open offices next week”

Next week, Google will open its offices.
Next week, Google will open its offices.
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ISLAMABAD: Google, the largest search engine and video-sharing platform in the world are planning to construct a liaison office in Pakistan, although Twitter and Facebook have said they are unable to operate offices there in the near future.

Syed Aminul Haque, the minister of information technology and telecommunications, said on Friday that the multinational corporation has already registered as a firm in Pakistan.

“A group from Google is slated to arrive in Pakistan early next week from Singapore, and the corporation will probably announce the construction of a functional office here,” Mr. Haque told Dawn.

He also said that TikTok has consented to open a liaison office in Pakistan.

However, Google has already grabbed the lead in this area and the firm is already registered with the Karachi registration of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

The formation of the office, which is one of the prerequisites under the Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight, and Safeguards) Rules 2021, begins with registration.

After registering and setting up offices, the social media sites would be required to adhere to Pakistani laws and regulations.

To guarantee that the data remained secure, the guidelines also mandate that the social media companies keep their “servers” in Pakistan. All platforms’ data is currently kept outside of the nation.

The IT minister recently voiced optimism that other social media companies will open operations in Pakistan, but industry sources claimed that Twitter and Meta have so far shown hesitation.

A top executive of one of the country’s telecom businesses claimed that both Twitter and Meta were going through drastic organizational changes and had let go of a significant number of staff members both locally and worldwide.

“No breakthrough is expected in conversations with Meta and Twitter,” the executive added. “The members of negotiating teams for Pakistan in Meta, representing Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been altered.”

On the other hand, sources in the telecom sector claimed that despite claims from the IT ministry guaranteeing a business-friendly climate, the contradictory rules have caused mistrust among the corporations and made them unwilling to open offices in Pakistan.

In the meantime, to introduce the “Stars Programme” for monetization in Pakistan, foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari went to the Meta (Facebook) Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore on Friday.

The initiative will aid in developing the skills of young businesspeople for Pakistan’s expanding Meta content development industry.

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