‘Govt determined to bring PayPal to Pakistan’

Published: May 23, 2017


SIALKOT: Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said that the government was making sincere efforts to bring PayPal and other payment gateways to Pakistan.

While addressing the business community at Pakistan Sports Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association in Sialkot, Khan said the government was determined to digitalise the economy, which can be proved by its effort to persuade PayPal to begin operations in Pakistan.

Pakistan desperate to see PayPal, other payment gateways

“The government is currently working towards bringing PayPal and other online payment gateways to the country,” he said. “We are hopeful that the international payment gateway will start its regular services in Pakistan very soon.”

He added that the necessary legislation was already in process under the supervision of the State Bank of Pakistan.

Additionally, Khan said that the present government had already gained success in bringing Chinese tech giant Alibaba to Pakistan, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the world’s largest e-commerce company last week.

Meanwhile, the commerce minister outlined that the government was successfully removing all the hurdles which stood in the way of economic stability. “The present government is making effective and positive efforts to boost the country’s trade and exports by taking business community into confidence and ensuring the continuity of effective economic, trade and export policies,” he said. “The government is well aware of the business community’s problems and making strenuous efforts to resolve them amicably.”

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The minister also said that commercial consulars have been appointed in Pakistan’s foreign missions with special tasks to improve their performance for facilitating exporters. He also sought the regular feedback from Sialkot exporters about performance of Pakistan’s commercial consulars abroad.


The commerce minister said that the government would soon organise awareness-raising seminars on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in all the industrial cities.

He asserted that the grand project was opening the possibilities of promotion and strengthening mutual trade ties and business activities between business personnel of Pakistan and China.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2017.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Usman
    May 23, 2017 - 11:11AM

    This we’ve been hearing for last 3+ years. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    May 23, 2017 - 3:50PM

    Pakistan is the only major country that does not have paypal. Not paypal is like having a huge kitchen minus a refrigerator.

  • cautious
    May 23, 2017 - 7:37PM

    Being “determined” doesn’t cut it. Ebay/Paypal/Amazon etc have previously explained to the govt the challenges of working in Pakistan and the govt hasn’t really done anything to address those issues. Recommend

  • Khan
    May 23, 2017 - 11:06PM

    Do we have good broadband speed and e banking facilities apart from few cities? I guess the anwer lies in availability of secure and good broadband speed and direct debit facilities from banks. Recommend

  • dude
    May 24, 2017 - 11:33AM

    get paytm from India, easy Recommend

  • Saima Kanwal
    May 24, 2017 - 2:10PM

    If Paypal starts its services in Pakistan, it is really beneficial for us (online workers).Recommend

  • Usman
    May 24, 2017 - 10:50PM

    @Khan, I agree, but even with whatever we have, makes Pakistan 4th in ranking in terms of freelancers, yet no adequate payment gateway that is acceptable at both ends is available. Recommend

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