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11 Dec, 2016

E-commerce in Pakistan projected to hit US$1bln by 2020 – Minister

ISLAMABAD, Dec 10 (NNN-APP): Minister for Commerce Khurran Dastgir Khan Friday said e-commerce in Pakistan was expected to reach $1 billion by 2020.

“Our legislature is working hard to update the rules and regulations governing digital trade”, he said while inaugurating a Seminar on “Ecommerce for Development” in Geneva a message received here said.

Pakistan organized the seminar on “Commerce for Development”, it was attend by large number WTO members and ambassadors.

All heads of agencies greatly appreciated the initiative taken by Pakistan.

The friends of commerce for development was coordinated by Dr Tauqir Shah Pakistan ambassador at WTO.

The group comprises of Costa Rica, Nigeria , Kenya, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Uruguay.

Country experience from Sri Lanka, Argentina, Nigeria, Pakistan, ASEAN, were presented and debated.

Representatives of world bank, WTO Etrade for all, EBay, Alibaba, Mercado Libre, made presentations on how commerce and help businesses and trade in developing and less developed countries Pakistan leads “Commerce for development “ debate at WTO.

Speaking on the occasion, Khurram Dastgir Khan said commerce was an inescapable fact of life, it has grown beyond our imagination.

The digital economy, he said has emerged as an unstoppable giant that was growing at 10 percent a year, more than triple the rate of overall global economic growth.

The commerce minister said internet related consumption and expenditure has already surpassed the size of the global agriculture and energy sectors. But only a small proportion of this is happening in LDCs and developing countries.

He added that it was this reality which motivated our group of like-minded countries to launch, Friends of Commerce for Development.

Key motivation being to narrow the knowledge gap, that exists between members in understanding and appreciating different dimensions of Commerce, he remarked.