Agility extends PaCCS till March 31

FBR chairman pledges resumption of negotiations for full-scale implementation.


Mobin Nasir March 04, 2011

KARACHI:


Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Salman Siddique is expected to visit the headquarters of Kuwait-based software developer Agility over the weekend, well-informed sources told The Express Tribune on Thursday.


FBR’s decision to resume dialogue with the firm responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the Pakistan Automated Container Clearing System (PaCCS) came after Agility announced it would shut down the terminal that facilitated automated clearing of containers from various ports of entry to the country.

According to a representative of Agility, Siddique has assured the software and logistics company that he would visit their headquarters to resume dialogue regarding the full-scale implementation of this software at all clearing terminals of the country. “Given this assurance, we have decided to continue operating the software until the end of March,” said the company representative.

Initially, PaCCS was introduced on a trial basis in 2005 at the Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), but by May 2007, it had also been implemented at the Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) and the Quaid-e-Azam International Container Terminal (QICT). Agility had earlier notified FBR that if negotiations for full-scale implementation of the software and payment of dues to the company were not resumed by February 28, it would shut down the software, thus, disabling the automated clearing system throughout the country.

However, the company representative asserted, “On insistence of more than 30,000 stakeholders, and assurances from the FBR chairman, the company has decided to extend its deadline till March 31”.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2011.

COMMENTS (3)

kami | 11 years ago | Reply fbr had no power to stop paccs this is all drama create by agility. I advised Fbr why u cant design a new software.
Azar Chando | 11 years ago | Reply PRAL Employees Want to Regularized as Per Federal Government Rules The 90 per cent employees of PRAL and NADRA are hired on a contract basis. NADRA Employee are regulrized on 04 March 2011. With due reverence it is submitted that we have been working as User Support officers (U.S.O) PC Support Officers (P.S.O) and Data Processing Executive (D.P.E) Since 1998 and 2006 respectively at Pakistan Revenue Automation (Pvt.) Ltd (PRAL) a subsidiary of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Government of Pakistan. New appointment has done at PRAL in regular bases.Since from the time of appointment (3 to 10 Years) we have neither been regularized nor increased our salary reasonable according to our experience. Due to unstable & daily increasing prices, life has become very expensive & difficult with such range of salaries. It is therefore, requested that increased our salary and our services may kindly be regularized according to Decision of Cabinet on dated 04.06.2008 to Regularize Service of Contract Employees under Federal Government. Thanks & Regards All Staff of PRAL
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