Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to visit India and is expected to meet PM Modi

India seems to have become the hotspot for high profile CEOs of American corporations to visit, as after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella its time for the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to have a visit to the country.

Zuckerburg will visit India between October 9-10 and is expected to meet PM Modi. The purpose for his visit is to address the first Internet.org summit taking place on the above mentioned dates. However, the actual reason for visit is still not clear.

The Internet.org summit will bring together experts, officials and industry leaders to focus on ways to deliver more Internet services for people in languages other than English. Zuckerberg will also meet Modi to talk about how Facebook and the Indian government can collaborate on Internet.org.

Reports indicate that Facebook will be partnering the government of India in Swachh Bharat, one of Modi’s pet initiatives aimed at improving cleanliness levels across the country to be launched in Delhi on October 2, for which government has plans to use social media to increase reach of this massive project.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

In July, another top executive of Facebook, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg had visited the country and also met Modi, where Modi had suggested the use of Facebook for improving governance, better interaction between people and government, and to attract more tourists to India. He had also spoken to her on how Facebook could assist India in his drive to improve cleanliness.

With this, Zuckerberg will also be speaking at the Facebook-promoted Internet.org’s Content and Usability Summit, to be held in Delhi.

India is an important market for the social networking company. With over one billion users globally, the company gets over 100 million users from India. Many of these users log onto the website from their mobile devices. According to research firm eMarketer, the number of users in India will touch 108.9 million by the end of the year as compared to 77.8 million in 2013.

Sharanya Bharathwaj