Pakistan to benefit from Chinese poverty reduction model

Experts for implementing e-commerce to achieve objective

April 03, 2022


Pakistan will benefit from China’s experience in alleviating poverty through e-commerce, according to Pakistani experts who participated in the online Seminar on South-South Cooperation in Cross-border E-commerce for Poverty Eradication and Global Sustainable Development on China’s coastal city of Qingdao.

“During the training, I learned how to gradually transfer e-commerce skills in rural areas through training programmes, starting with popularisation sessions to service centres,” said Hassan Rizvi, Manager of Capacity Building at the Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP), in an exclusive interview with China Economic Net (CEN). According to Rizvi, the five-day training mentioned an often neglected but crucial triad reasons for poverty ie lack of development resources, weak sense of competition and improper market docking.

“In all these three aspects, China has been completely successful in optimising them with ecommerce. This one was the most inspiring for me personally,” Rizvi revealed. In her written interview with CEN, Nadia Perveen, lecturer of business and economics at the Quaid-e-Azam University termed the training sessions important sources for her students. “I always motivate my students to start their own business. This seminar was excellent opportunity to learn the Chinese practices regarding e-commerce and to teach my students.”

Similar views are echoed by Zahid Latif, Assistant Engineer of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication of Pakistan (MoITT), who obtained his PhD at a top IT university in China. “During my four years in China, I observed its booming e-commerce and sharing economy,” the engineer exclaimed. “One example is bicycle riding. You can ride a bicycle for just one RMB (about Rs28).” Focusing on empowering people with technology, Latif believes e-commerce will be a “game-changer” for Pakistan, and that China and Pakistan can cooperate with each other in e-commerce-driven poverty alleviation.

“In July 2018, the PakistanChina fibre optic line was laid down for the purpose of boosting the digital technology in Pakistan,” he said. “I think this type of initiative is not only beneficial for raising GDP but also for lift people’s living standards upward.” He added that more bilateral cooperation was possible in reducing poverty in Pakistan through e-commerce. However, to replicate China’s experience of reducing poverty through e-commerce, Rizvi mentioned that Pakistan has to increase the internet penetration in the country.

“In my opinion, the common goal of poverty elevation can be embedded in the ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor as well. It is a good resource and can become a good channel to promote e-commerce,” said Rizvi. A total of over 1,100 participants from more than 90 countries and regions, including 37 Pakistanis, participated in the training seminar.



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