Govt Soon to Invite PayPal, Amazon and Ebay for Operations in Pakistan: Anusha

Pakistan has finally made all prerequisite regulatory arrangements needed for global tech companies to start their operations in Pakistan, said Anusha Rehman, Minister for State for IT and Telecom, here at a conference organized by GSMA in Islamabad.

Anusha said that Pakistan is now ranked in FATF’s white-list, meaning that Pakistan has now internationally accepted anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards in place which were previously not available.

Pakistan, until recently was listed in grey-list of FATF (Financial Action Task Force), which potentially blocked the way of global tech companies, such as PayPal, Amazon etc. in starting their operations in Pakistan.

Pakistan is now ranked in FATF’s white-list, meaning that Pakistan has now internationally accepted anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards in place

Anusha further revealed that State Bank of Pakistan is already working with partners for the opening up of payment gateway in Pakistan, after which Government is now working on framework for ecommerce to address consumers rights, dispute resolutions and all sorts of procedural and mechanical challenges of eommerce industry.

Minister said that the working on regulatory framework for ecommerce industry is lead by Ministry of Commerce, while Ministry of IT and State Bank of Pakistan are assisting in the formulation of protocols for ecommerce industry.

Ms. Rehman said that this framework will be formulated with-in next few weeks after which all current issues and challenges of ecommerce industry will be addressed.

She said that soon Pakistan is going to invite global tech companies including PayPal, Amazon and eBay to start their operations in Pakistan.

Ministry of Commerce, assisted by MoIT and SBP, is formulating the framework for ecommerce industry

Ms. Rehman said that her ministry is making all possible efforts, positive measures and incremental steps in every direction to make sure that ICT is used at fullest to contribute towards economic growth of the country and to enhance common man’s lifestyle.

She said that direction has been set, however, a lot is still to be done and all stakeholders should work together in achieving the goal.

She said that we have to become a strategic enabler to become an ecosystem that would spur the economic growth to ultimately make us an knowledge based economy.

Also Read: Pakistani Ecommerce Industry has One Key Flaw That we Must Fix Right Away!

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


    • There’ll be no customs needed if Amazon starts operations in PK (that’s a big if but one can hope). Just like there are no customs needed for Amazon IN, UK and US. Taxes will still apply but Amazon will still blow the current local competition out of the water. Ebay is just a marketplace similar to OLX so it’ll be local too.

      • Unlike OLX, Ebay along with Paypal has buyer protection policy, purchasing experience would be way more safer then OLX and others.

        • Olx is just classified ads website ebay and Amazon are markets where you can buy and sell online amazon also operates large warehouses in countries where they sell there own stuff along with people who sell on their website ebay don’t sell things them self but they provide safety and payment processing for buyers and sellers

      • Customs and shipping is the most important hurdle with ebay.

        “Ebay is just a marketplace similar to OLX so it’ll be local too.” hahah wtf

        Ebay is an international marketplace. If i buy from someone who resides in US .. how exactly do we meet locally. They will ship it to us. WIth our crap customs and post services .. its a major hurdle.

        • Do you know what the term “local operations” means, dumb***? Some Ebay US sellers already can and will ship to Pakistan. Ebay local operations would mean something similar to ebay.in where the sellers are local too. Next time, read before you try to sound intelligent.

      • There is custom duty to be paid if you buy item from outside UK or US. I bought phone from china on ebay and had to pay
        £40

        • Yes, of course you pay customs duty. The main issue is customs withholding your item and never mailing to inform you. You are left to search for the location of the item and begin a tedious process to get it released if customs can locate it.

    • No sir. They will be only less useful (but not entirely useless) because they cant stock stuff in PK due to exorbitant insurance costs. And if they hire local desi stuff to run their operations, i bet my cents on their failure. Our people have a tendency to be dishonest, sketchy, liar, and cunning. Currently, so many online stores have foreign funding, and their hallmark is deceit – not honesty. Investors, fail to fathom our mindset and put money where it does not belong.

      • You have no idea how multinationals work do you? If they hire the right people for the job, there’s no reason why it can’t be done.

        • Well, i suppose he has a point. Ebay is anything but a professional platform nowadays. It provides ridiculously good buyer protection and hence absolutely shit seller protection. It has resigned itself from finding a proper solution to discourage item not received fraud etc. Ebay itself wont do anything against Pakistan if there is a high degree of scams here but the markets are very adaptable. Most sellers catch on and will refuse shipment to Pakistan.

          • Also i dont know why everyone thinks ebay needs an invitation to come here :p
            We can already use ebay. I do. The only issue is paying for the services via paypal which is not available here.

  • Ebay has nothing special as we have already olx here and Amazon is something big but unfortunately taxes will remain same and custom officers will find a way to tax them as well as I remember I have to pay a handsome amount of tax on a supplement import from USA. And finally paypal you can’t simply announce paypal’s introduction like this because it’s something huge considering the outcome.

    • if the amazon started their operation here in pakistan the custom and import duties will decreased dramatically ,, because they will open the warehouse in pakistan also

        • that would minimum, i bought logitech performance mx mouse from amazon via tcs just to check their services, and they took 3500 import charges and the price of the mosue on the amazon is $54 ,,

          i contact the amazon and ask about the import charges they replied that if the item is already in your country thats mean customs and import duties has been paid , they will not charge you more !!

          • Amm duh? When things will come to Amazon’s warehouse here. They will pay import charges and customs. So they will not reduce.

    • … ebay has 100x the quantity and variety of stuff that local market can provide. Its a whole international market.

  • I seriously doubt it, YouTube ka ban khula nahi ab tak aur PayPal aaega yahan :s

    If this really happens then I am sure they will find ways to add taxes on PayPal withdrawals.

    • they cant add taxes to paypal , because all the transaction will be handled their online system , however they force banks to appose some transactions charges whenever a paypal account holder trnasfer their money from paypal to thier bank accounts ..

  • i am waiting the day when these outlets start operation in Pakistan, then Mr. Dollar will impose taxes on them just like it did with celcos

  • Raise your own dammit, Raise your own. Getting some big names in to Pakistan would just have a similar effect to that of a mayor building bridges without a need. You need to help your own scale globally, not bring giants to suck the blood out of you..

      • Then give me an idea about it. How is Amazon different to HSN? or Magiclamp? The only reason you could be saying this is to get ‘Ships to Pakistan’. That doesn’t solve problems as the freight would render it useless. Flipkart, Snapdeal, etc are doing great in India.

    • Sir ji, getting paid online is a real hassle for freelancers and bloggers. Most advertising and freelancing platforms only support Paypal and Check. So, Pakistani bloggers can not use such services as getting paid through check would mean straight 25-35% cut from your income and getting that check cashed in Pakistan is another hassle. On the other hand, Paypal is the cheapest alternative with lowest charges. You are an author at Pakwheels and you still do not know about such things. Strange.

      • Well PayPal also takes a chunk when you transfer to bank from your account. Your point stands, it would help the freelancers, but that’s it. But i regards to e-commerce businesses, you guys would rather have ‘imported’ in stead of generating local…And I am not only an author at PakWheels, we built a local service.

        • payapl is a global platfrom and is being used by millions of pelple and companies around the globe, anyone having the credit card can pay you without opening the paypal account and transfering your money from paypal to your bank is totally free, they will only deduct few bucks when someone pays you !!

          even if we introduce our local payment system , how gonna people pay which are from outside the country, think globally nor locally

        • Bro, withdrawal from Paypal to local bank account is free. So it is the cheapest service available today.

    • Actually, she does. She is a lawyer by profession and she was instrumental in getting the processes started. I still wont support PMLN. But if someone from their cabinet is making some effort, we should find it a miracle and keep fingers crossed. To hell with the controversies surrounding 3/4 auction. We at least have it now, and it all happened in presence of fierce media/judiciary, and strong opponents.
      Lets stop mocking everything that has to do with Pak. Lets start respecting our own country, and at least some of its officials.

    • this is the official way ,, if you want to invite somebody you will give them a call or give them card,, ( yeh toh nahi kehty main invite karun ga Who will Come ) ????

  • Big News! atleast she is starting to understand how important these companies are for future of ecommerce in Pakista

  • Not from Pakistan (to the contrary from India) and do not believe in hate. I think a stable and economically strong Pakistan is important for the entire region. It would be great if the business environment supports big name firms. Rising middle class is the solution to most problems. Admin – Please do delete my comments if you think I shouldn’t be in this forum. Good luck to my Pakistani bros and sis. Thanks.

    • This is perhaps the only Paki site which does not delete anyone’s comment unless they are seriously offensive or threatening. People regularly and habitually take a jab at its founder(s) and they ignore graciously.

  • You, the people, said that 3G/4G would not happen, but It did! The same will go for this, In Sha ALLAH! Just Wait, and See! Something is better than nothing :D

  • Makes sense but local and foreign can coexist. Look at India. Every major company has expanded there yet their startup sector is booming. It’s being called Asia’s Silicon Valley. In addition, Indians are rising to executive ranks in foreign companies.

    If this works and that’s a big if, more companies will set foot in Pakistan. Just imagine a Pakistani undergraduate interning or working at Google, Amazon or Apple’s office in Pakistan. The experience gained will surely help them build great companies (Flipkart is the biggest example of that)

  • Anusha and her like are completely enamoured by the west. If it wer a pti government they would be saying we will provide an environment where Pakistani equivalent Giants to PayPal and Amazon and eBay are fostered here rather than we will give these guys an invitation to Come and dominate our economy. Big difference.

    • Ho ho…hold it. Why cant PTI provide such an environment in KPK? Stop worshiping those mere mortals. Pakistani equivalent giants? Please dont insult our intellect.

  • That’s a good decision but I wonder if Payoneer is gonna like it because most of its business comes from Pakistan where users are required to first register for Payoneer before going to have a Paypal account.

  • so you are a real fanboy of her, protecting her on every comment on every post against her. nice going boy, i dont you about your love for your country but you do love anusha ;-)
    never mind please :D

    • APG ka member to bhai Afghanistan b hy, so what’t the big deal? If Pakistan is not a member of FATF, why did you give such an impression in your article?

  • You can use ebay even now. Ebay is just a marketplace open to all. Anyone can use it so long as he/she can pay for their shopping via paypal and the seller is willing to ship to Pakistan. The only hurdle we have right now is Paypal and our customs/post department.

  • One thing I don’t understand, paypal is available in devastated countries like Somalia which is totally war torn and conditions of law and order is 100 times poorer than Pakistan and Pakistan do not have it yet. It was not about FATF grey list but commission and bribery that forbid entry of Paypal in pakistan. Otherwise, Moneybookers (skrills) and Payoneer are working successfully in Pakistan. Payoneer is also American company.

  • YouTube khulwa nae sakte or Paypal Amazon ko “Invite” karne chale hain…. Wah re teri saadgi Chacheee…. :) :D

  • AOA All, being an IT head of a reputable company, I would like to sure my views. Problem is not Ebay, Paypal, Amazon, we already have market place, the main problem is creation E-Payment Gateway by Pakistan which is recognized internationally, just like Paypal. Easy paisa has to be moved online now, it is easily possible to make it like Paypal.

    LOOK WHO IS TALKING? This FAT LADY is a LAWYER and is a minister of one of the most important departments in the world, IT and Telecommunications, with IT and Telco, we can end corruption and make system as easy as possible. Down with the PMLN Government, until and unless the educated class don’t come up in Elections, we will be ruled with GOOFS like this lady.

  • bechara hamara mazdoor pehlay hi, china kay hatthoon say tang hai, mazdoor ki wafat ka poora intizaam kar diya hai sirf mobiles kay liye. v. sad

  • Jo baat Anusha ko smjh i hai kaash k woh ishaq dollar ko smjh ajaey. Phe dekhna kesy Paypal ki file ko wheels lagty hain :P :D

  • The whole point of ebay is international market access. Anybody can just sell locally via ad sites. To reach a global audience for your goods and also have access to stuff available only in other countries is the biggest selling point of ebay. You are an idiot if you think its main feature is to be limited as a “local operation”

  • Ebay as a local ad website will never fly. Why would anyone pay the exorbitant 10-15% ebay/paypal fee when they can list and sell their items locally without paying such high fees.
    The only plus point is buyer protection/seller protection which paypal provides by itself ( with its 4-5% fee ) hence ebays 10% tax is redundant.
    Ebays is primarily used to reach a wider and global audience for your goods.

  • Anusha’s another political statement to remain in news ….. to let poor IT industry know that so called IT Minister and Ministry are still Alive …. Cheers !!


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