Governor: Google looking to invest in Guam

Google's Hong Kong office (Google photo)

Tech giant Google is looking to invest in Guam and possibly move its Hong Kong corporate office to Guam, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said.

The governor, who made the announcement during the signing of the executive order for a $27.3 million economic recovery package, said she has spoken to Google officials and they said they are keenly interested in Guam.

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“One of the ones that I’m really excited about is Google. And I had met with one of the directors of Google when I was there and asked her if she was going to have any plans to come to Guam. And she definitely said, yes, they are looking at Guam,” Leon Guerrero.

She added: “Google is looking at Guam because they’re in Hong Kong right now and because of the unstable government and civil environment of Hong Kong, they’re looking at a much more stable place and, you know, where else than Guam, which is not too far away. So they are seriously looking at that.”

The Wall Street Journal also reported that Google, along with Facebook and Twitter, have privately warned the Hong Kong government that they could stop offering their services in the city if authorities proceed with planned changes to data-protection laws that could make the tech companies liable for the malicious sharing of individuals’ information online.

Google could be attracted to Guam because most of the region’s undersea fiber optic cables pass through Guam. In addition, the military has its own robust internet infrastructure on island and the surrounding seas.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Guam Economic Development Authority and the Guam Visitors Bureau had plans to woo large U.S. multinationals to relocate their corporate offices from Hong Kong to Guam because of the political unrest in Hong Kong.