LAHORE - The Punjab government and search engine giant Google have signed an MoU to promote archaeological sites of the province using Google Maps. Secretary Tourism Dr. Allah Bakhsh and William Fitzgerald of Google  signed the document at the Arfa Information Technology Park.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif oversaw the pact signing. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif the Chief Minister welcomed the agreement with Google and said that access to the historical and tourist sites of Punjab through Google mailing and internet would promote awareness about modern and ancient Lahore as well as its historical and cultural heritage. The Punjab CM expressed hope that the agreement would promote tourism in Pakistan and retain a positive image of the country. The CM said that Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme on information technology and measures are also being taken for the speedy execution of land record computerization project.

He directed Chairman Planning & Development and Project Director Land Record Computerization to give a briefing to the Google team regarding steps taken by the Punjab government.

Meanwhile, William Fitzgerald of Google Asia said: “Interaction between Punjab government and Google in information technology is a good beginning. Access to historical and tourist sites of Punjab on the website will promote awareness in the world about the cultural traditions and civilization of Punjab.”