Google, the American tech giant, has registered as a company with Pakistan’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SECP).
According to sources, the SECP has issued Google a certificate of registration under Section 435 of the Companies Act 2017.
According to publicly available documents, Google Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. has been registered as a company under the Companies Act 2017 in order to open a liaison office in Pakistan.
According to sources, Google will begin operations in Pakistan very soon after registering with the SECP.
A Google delegation will visit Pakistan next week to meet with Pakistani officials and discuss its operations there.
According to sources, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) was in contact with international companies and was attempting to bring them to Pakistan, but the companies were hesitant due to political unrest.
However, there has been progress in this regard, with first Google and then Tik Tok agreeing to open offices in Pakistan, while talks between the ministry and Facebook are ongoing.
Officials from the IT ministry are optimistic that Google will open an office in Pakistan within the next few days. According to MoITT officials, Google has launched several initiatives in Pakistan in recent years.
Google launched career certifications in September to provide all Pakistanis with flexible learning paths. Google will launch a suicide hotline in Pakistan in June 2022 to address suicides and mental health issues.
According to a MoITT official, Google’s registration as a company in Pakistan is a positive sign. Google is investing $3.5 million in the Google certification programme, and the company’s registration with SECP indicates that it intends to invest even more.
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