Sundar Pichai, CEO of technology giant Google is all set to address the technology industry in India today. He will be addressing small and medium enterprises in India in a big event to be held in New Delhi today. According to previous reports, he will be announcing some key initiatives for the industry. Information and Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad will also be attending the event which hints at a collaboration with the government.
Google issued a statement saying that "At Google, we are excited about partnering the businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital." The announcements in the event are likely to be the culmination of Google's effort to connect more businesses online to increase their reach and productivity. There are no additional details on what specific announcements Pichai will make but we will you informed on as and when things happen.
Pichai has regularly visited the country after taking on the post as the CEO of the company in 2015. His first visit to India comprised of visiting the PM Modi and other authorities to discuss possibilities of investment. On 17 December 2015, Pichai faced the students of New Delhi at Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) for Q&A session tagged ‘Ask Sundar’.
His second visit came after Apple CEO Tim Cook's much talked about visit to India. The visit started as a private family holiday which ended with "Google for India" where he announced that about two million people are logging on to free Wi-Fi deployed by Google and RailTel at major railway stations across India every month. “We are working with the Indian Railways and RailTel to bring high-speed wireless access to the entire Internet to millions of Indians who travel through India’s top railway stations,” the India-born executive said during an investor call. According to further reports, he is set to announce Digital Unlocked platform; an online learning tool for SBMs and startups.
Pichai is not the only high-profile CEO to visit India recently as Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO visited India last month and announced key partnerships with governments. He launched UberMoto in Hyderabad and pointed out that India will be the last one to get self-driving cars.