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Govt to facilitate investment in ecommerce gateways

Update On :20 August 2016

Govt to facilitate investment in ecommerce gateways

The government will facilitate investors to invest in establishment of e-commerce gateways, a minister said on Thursday.

Anusha Rehman, minister for information technology and telecommunication said any player wanting to invest in the establishment of ecommerce gateways will receive full facilitation, “being a core component of the e commerce value chain.

Rehman was talking with a Chinese delegation during a meeting. The minister said Pakistan’s information and technology and telecom sector has a lot of potential and now, “we have to explore the ways to reap this possible mutual dividend from the tech sectors in an optimal way.”

“We believe in digital Pakistan and cooperation and collaboration of private sector will help us to materialise this vision of accelerated digitization,” she said. Rehman said the IT ministry is already collaborating with ministry of commerce for the development of ecommerce gateway framework.

She said online commercial ventures will flourish further and consumers and companies will be able to get more confidence in online payment systems. The State Bank of Pakistan has already enabled payment service provider’s licencing framework.

“We are working on the agenda of ubiquitous development of ICT infrastructure across the country with special emphasis on serving marginalized (unserved underserved) segment of the society,” said the minister.

Broadband penetration has risen to more than 23 percent, which was less than three percent in 2013.  The delegates appreciated the vision of the government and praised the initiatives being taken by the ministry of information technology for the development of IT and telecom sector.

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