The innovations created in India are benefitting people around the world – from digital payments to voice technology, he said. “I look forward to continuing the great partnership between Google and India, as we work together to bring the benefits of technology to more people,” he said. Businesses are seizing the opportunities for digital transformation, and more people have access to the internet than ever before, including in rural villages, Pichai said. “Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India vision has certainly been an accelerator for that progress and I’m proud that Google continues to invest in India, partnering with governments, businesses, and communities over two transformative decades,” he said.
“Every new technology that arrived at our doorstep made our lives better. And that experience put me on a path to Google, and the chance to help build technology that improves the lives of people all over the world,” he said. Pichai said he sees so much opportunity ahead. On India taking over the G20 presidency, Pichai said: “It’s an amazing opportunity to build consensus on strengthening the global economy by advancing an internet that is open, connected, secure, and works for everyone. That’s a goal we share, and are committed to advancing with you.”
India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on Thursday. “I am grateful for the opportunity to do this work together and bring the benefits of technology to more people,” Pichai said. Google this year added 24 new languages to its translation service using a new advancement in machine learning. Eight of them are languages native to India. “It means so much to see how people can access information and knowledge in their preferred language, and see the world open up to them in new ways. That’s why I continue to be so optimistic about technology, and why I believe India can and must continue to lead,” he added.