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PM Imran discusses digital literacy in Pakistan with COO Facebook


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

09th Oct, 2020. 10:47 am
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Prime Minister PM Pakistan Imran Khan held a virtual meeting with the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg on Friday.

According to the details, both the leaders discussed Facebook’s investment in Pakistan.

In addition to this, Prime Minister PM Imran Khan also had a detailed discussion over the steps taken by the current Pakistani government for digital literacy in the country and the preventive measures to tackle the pandemic.

He recognized 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.

The Prime Minister also raised concerns around the global rise in hate and extremism and acknowledged the immense challenge of fighting hate speech online.

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.

The Prime Minister and Sandberg also spoke about Facebook’s SheMeansBusiness Program which is training some 6,700 women across Pakistan.

Earlier this year Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sheryl Sandberg had a one-one meeting earlier this year during the World Economic Forum at Davos where PM Khan was leading the Pakistani delegation.

Later in April, Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday thanked Facebook Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg for the support and working together for a common cause to improve the lives of millions and remarkable work her team is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In her message to Prime Minister Imran Khan on his official Facebook page Imran Khan (official), Sheryl Sandberg had thanked and appreciated him saying; “Thank you for your partnership. I am so glad we are working together to provide timely, accurate information and help people fight the coronavirus in Pakistan.”

In his response, Prime Minister Imran Khan responded saying; “I am glad we are working for a common cause to improve lives for millions. Hope you are doing well, thank you Sheryl for your support and the remarkable work your team is doing.”