PM Imran welcomes Facebook's investments in Pakistan

PM Imran welcomes Facebook's investments in Pakistan

Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan has welcomed Facebook's investments and programs in Pakistan.

The premier said this during his virtual meeting with Facebook's Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg on Friday.

During the meeting PM Imran Khan and Sheryl Sandberg discussed Facebook's investments in Pakistan, the company's support for digital literacy initiatives in the country and its work around COVID-19.

The two discussed Facebook's connectivity investments and research grants that were awarded this year to Pakistan-based academics.

Other topics included Facebook's blood donations product which has seen more than 5 million people sign up since it launched in-country, as well as Facebook's support for the government's goal of a polio-free Pakistan.

PM Imran and Sandberg also spoke about Facebook's SheMeansBusiness Program which is training some 6,700 women across Pakistan.

The prime minister welcomed Facebook's investments and programs in Pakistan and encouraged them to increase their footprint.

He recognised the immense potential of digital platforms like Facebook and the role that they can play in giving global opportunities to Pakistani youth and entrepreneurs and how the opportunities they create can lift people out of poverty.

PM Imran also raised concerns around the global rise in hate and extremism and acknowledged the immense challenge of fighting hate speech online.

Sandberg and Prime Minister Imran Khan last met in Davos, Switzerland, in January this year.