Overview of e-commerce in Pakistan: By M Ashraf


Banking sector
When the government started an information-technology (IT) and e-commerce initiative in early 2000, the banks were expected to lead the way into e-commerce. However, banking sector is the leading spender on information communications technology, the most progress in e-commerce has been in e government.
Half of the country’s 7,000 commercial-bank branches, including 90% of the branches in urban areas, had been computerized. Many banks and exchange companies offer online funds transfers from overseas. . A few of banks offer mobile-phone banking, where customers can pay utility bills using their mobile phones
The State Bank of Pakistan permits Internet merchant accounts. However, inadequate infrastructure and security concerns remain. The transactions that occur use international credit cards, which are processed outside Pakistan.
Central board of revenue
The Central Board of Revenue, the tax authority, started allowing electronic filing of sales tax and federal excise returns by private and public companies. A lot of tax payers are using this facility of paying the tax.
Ministry of science technology
The Ministry of Science and Technology has launched the National Information Technology Policy. It is developed by a team that included working groups on the following: human-resource development; IT in government and databases; IT market development and support; IT fiscal issues; telecoms, legislation and intellectual-property rights; IT research and development; Internet development; software export; e-commerce; and incentives for IT investment.
The government is working to overcome all the problems which occur in the development of e-commerce and has made some progress. The number of Internet users in Pakistan is growing fast. Pakistan has more than 170 Internet service providers. this technology is becoming more closer and open for the users now.
Telecoms deregulation has resulted in an increase in the country’s teledensity, especially in mobile telephony. The use of mobile phone no doubt is becoming more and more with every day. Telecom companies are earning a lot in this sector.
Software export board
The Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) has a number of programs to activate the local information-technology (IT) sector. The board is allowing local companies with financial aid.
All these efforts are only done to promote the scope of e-commerce in Pakistan.

You May Also Like


USA can count on Tibetans (through India) to put China at its 'proper place'. By Hem Raj Jain

Lip service to democracy by the USA / Pelosi would fool no one (ii)- Strategic retreat over Taiwan legitimate only if USA launches new global organ


Why does Pakistani media 'Express Tribune’ highlight Bangladesh leadership? By Samina Akhter

Learn from Sheikh Hasina: Pakistan's newspaper The Express Tribune published an article praising Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's leadership


Latest UNAIDS data paint a grim picture of the HIV epidemic. By SHOBHA SHUKLA

A new report, “In Danger”, launched by UNAIDS just ahead of the 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022) in Montreal, Canada, pai

"Trial of Pakistani Christian Nation" By Nazir S Bhatti

On demand of our readers, I have decided to release E-Book version of "Trial of Pakistani Christian Nation" on website of PCP which can also be viewed on website of Pakistan Christian Congress www.pakistanchristiancongress.org . You can read chapter wise by clicking tab on left handside of PDF format of E-Book.

nazirbhattipcc@aol.com , pakistanchristianpost@yahoo.com