Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov and his Deputy for IT Development Oleksandr Bornyakov met with Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy at Google Karan Bhatia.
“Digitalization means speed, flexibility and efficiency. This is the type of thinking that we implement in the state and we are committed to at the Ministry. We have been working with Google since the establishment of the Ministry. We thank Google for its special attention to Ukraine and look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration. After all, we want international companies not only to be present in Ukraine but also to scale their business here,” Mykhailo Fedorov stated.
The conversation revolved around the possibility of optimizing cooperation on the Diia (Action) app and the selection and recommendations of content for the main page of Ukrainian YouTube Music and YouTube. Now on the start pages our users are offered Russian content, which is unacceptable amid ongoing Joint Forces Operation in Ukraine. Therefore, there was aired a proposal for Google to involve independent Ukrainian editors who will be engaged in the selection of content.
Ukraine has one of the largest fast-growing IT markets in Europe. Oleksandr Bornyakov noted that the Ministry of Digital Transformation creates favorable conditions for the involvement and development of international technology companies in Ukraine: “Ukraine is already becoming the most powerful IT hub in Central and Eastern Europe. To do this, we launch Diia City. A special legal regime for IT companies will create favorable conditions for us to create more productive companies. And the international ones will work in Ukraine according to clear and understandable rules of the game for the world”.
Ministry of Digital Transformation kicked off cooperation with Google in 2019 and is now actively continuing it. Among the cooperation projects between the Ministry and Google is the educational series "Google Tools". Thanks to which 46,000 civil servants improved their digital skills. And the two-day online course Digital Bootcamp taught how to effectively stimulate economic recovery through the digital skills of 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses.