ISLAMABAD: A high level Chinese delegation called on Minister of State for Information Technology Mrs. Anusha Rehman and discussed matters related to e-commerce promotion in the country.

Federal Secretary IT Mr. Rizwan Bashir and Member Telecom Mr. Mudassar Hussain, were also present in the meeting.

Minister of IT apprised the delegates that, “Pakistans IT and Telecom Sector has 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 materialize this vision of accelerated digitization”.

While talking about e-commerce Anusha Rehman said that they are already collaborating with Ministry of Commerce for the development of e-commerce gateway framework so that online commercial ventures could flourish further and consumers and companies could get more confidence in online payment systems. Moreover, the State Bank has already enabled PSP licensing framework in this regard, she said.

She ensured that any player wanting to invest in establishment of e-commerce gateways will receive full facilitation being a core component of the e-commerce value chain.

The Minister further said that, they are working on the agenda of ubiquitous development of ICT infrastructure across the country with special emphasis on serving marginalized (un-served/under-served) segment of the society. Due to these strenuous efforts, their broadband penetration has risen to more than 23% which was less than 3% 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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