FBR Wins $650 Million Case Against International Software Company

In 2003, Kuwait based Agility for Public Warehousing Company was awarded a pilot contract by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to develop software for making import and export clearance a paperless process. The company sued the FBR when it failed to secure a long-term contract from Pakistan. The case was brought to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Washington (ICSID).

The international tribunal finally announced on 1st August 2016, that Agility wrongly accused FBR over the $650 million case and would also have to pay any costs incurred by the FBR in defending the case.

The company said Pakistan fraudulently took over its software

Agility had alleged that Pakistan had infringed upon its intellectual property rights. The company said that the FBR used the company to develop a project and then took over to develop the software based on Agility’s work.

The FBR took a contradictory stand under the guidance and counsel of Barrister Farrukh Karim Qureshi of Samdani & Qureshi and argued that the company was awarded the contract but was later found that it had made fraudulent representations about its past experiences and quality of software products.

Agility used political influence to get the long-term contract from FBR

The company had allegedly also tried to use political influence to get the FBR to award a long-term contract. The case was heard by the Arbitral Tribunal in London for ten days in November 2015. However Agility informed the tribunal that it wanted to withdraw the entire $650 million case.

Pakistan’s counsel said that the withdrawal would only be justified if the company agrees to pay the entire costs of Pakistan defending the case and admits that this was a malicious and baseless claim.

The tribunal agreed with the Pakistani defendant’s position and has now ordered Agility to pay all the costs and expenses incurred due to its claim which was wrongly brought forward by the company against Pakistan on an international forum.

He is the Editor-in-Chief at ProPakistani. Reach out at aadil.s[at]propakistani.pk

  • i personally know the software developed by AGILITY, this was actually paccs Pakistan customs computerized system, the software was good but the problem was it was not integrated with fbr other systems hence FBR has introduced their own online portal called weboc web once customs

  • WTH, how FBR will justify $650 Million for spending on software alone. Are software going to save them $650 Million lost revenue in terms of dealing in paper?

    • Man Agility sued for $650 Million. It doesn’t mean FBR has paid this amount to them to develop it. You need to learn little bit law.

  • All these system have complicated TAX payment for small companies having small turnover upto 5 to 20 million.

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