PM inaugurates E-Commerce Portal to promote E-business in the country

Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) Praised for its valuable contributions in establishing the E- Commerce portal

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated the E-Commerce Portal to promote and facilitate freelancers and e-business in Pakistan.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony in Islamabad on Monday evening, he announced a zero-tax regime for registered freelancers in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister urged the youth to take benefit of government incentivized policies in the IT sector. He said the government is determined to remove all barriers in the way of e-commerce.

Appreciating the efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for polio eradication in Pakistan, Imran Khan said he always wanted Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s co-chair Bill Gates to invest in the IT sector of Pakistan, and in this regard, good news will soon be announced. Imran Khan said the government is working on an emergency basis for the promotion of IT sector as Pakistan’s future is linked with it. He said the government has started different training and crash courses to educate the youth in e-commerce.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant to on E-Commerce Aon Abbas Bappi said the government is making vigorous efforts to take the volume of e-commerce trade from existing four billion dollars to 7.5 billion dollars by the end of this year and nine billion dollars by next year. He said the PTI government is the first one, which announced the first-ever e-commerce policy of the country that helped increase internet users to 110 million. He said there are one million active freelancers in Pakistan, comprising a large component of female users. Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said Pakistan’s IT sector grew by 47 percent last year and the expected growth this year is 75 percent, which shows the government’s IT-friendly policies.

E-Commerce Aon Abbas Bappi also praised Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) Praised for its valuable contributions in establishing the e- Commerce portal.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday highlighted the key initiatives of the government for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Pakistan’s inclusive response to the COIVD-19 pandemic.

The prime minister was talking to the newly appointed Executive Director of the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Catherine M. Russell, who called on him, during her maiden visit to Pakistan.

During the meeting, the UNICEF’s country program in Pakistan, as well as the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, were discussed.

The prime minister also shared Pakistan’s efforts for alleviating the humanitarian and economic crises in Afghanistan.

He referred to the ‘humanitarian corridor’ established by Pakistan for supporting the relief operations of UN and other stakeholders.

The prime minister appreciated the collaboration between the government and UNICEF.

He also outlined priority areas of the government for promotion and protection of rights of children in the country, including increasing enrollment of out-of-school children, upscaling of immunization programs, catering for child malnutrition and stunting, and improving the infrastructure of the public education system.

The UNICEF executive director appreciated the government’s cooperation in the fulfillment of its mandate and reaffirmed UNICEF’s commitment to strengthen its partnership with Pakistan.

She also thanked the prime minister for the support provided by Pakistan to UNICEF’s work in Afghanistan.

UNICEF is an important development partner of Pakistan and works closely with the Government on a broad range of issues especially those related to women and children.

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