Pakistan, although having started late, is ushering into the digital age in a hastened manner. Recently, Pakistan and China have agreed on developing an e-corridor in order to establish greater connectivity between the two countries in line with the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This particular agreement was reached between the two brotherly countries during a meeting with a high-level Chinese delegation with Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Anusha Rehman. The Chinese delegation was led by Chairman of China Investment Promotion Centre, Yan Lijin.
The Minister impressed upon the delegation the potential Pakistan had in IT and telecom sector. She also apprised how the ministry was working to put this potential to good use. She said,
We believe in a ‘Digital Pakistan’ and Chinese cooperation and collaboration will help us to materialize this vision of accelerated digitization. We are awarding the ‘Tech-City’ project on January 7 next year. It is an incubation project meant for the training of young entrepreneurs. Likewise, we intend to establish a research and innovation center of international standard.
She said that the Ministry was already collaborating for an ‘e-commerce gateway framework’ so Pakistan’s online commercial businesses could flourish. While speaking of trust level companies and consumers had in online payment systems she said, “We would like to invite international companies to establish their setups here in Pakistan as well.” Rehman, in the recent past, announced that Pakistan will inviting payment solution giants like PayPal, and foreign e-commerce companies like Alibaba, Amazon and eBay to Pakistan.
The Chinese delegation appreciate the path the Ministry was following and applauded the initiatives in the pipeline. The delegates further agreed to work with the government in establishing IT parks in Karachi and other cities of Pakistan. Pakistan is a ripe ground for IT and hopefully, such collaborations will put the country on path to being on par with competitors, if not above.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.