OBSERVER REPORT BEIJING Pakistan’s e-commerce sales in recent year stood at Rs. 40 billion, which is highly commendable, reports China Economic Net. Quoting it’s commentator and economic export Cheng Xizhong, the report stated that there is a great growth potential for Pakistan’s ecommerce. Pakistani e-commerce policy makers will focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), improving e-commerce experience, developing online stores, offering job opportunities for youth, promoting exports, and vigorously developing digital economy. At the same time, the State Bank of Pakistan will accelerate the construction, application and promotion of domestic and international online payment systems.Among top ecommerce platforms in Pakistan, Daraz is the most famous. It was founded in 2012 and wholly acquired by Alibaba in 2018. The second is Hamariweb, which mainly provides clothing and electronic products for users. Third, Goto Online Shopping, headquartered in Karachi, is an all category e-commerce platform, and its electronic products are most popular with consumers. It is a good thing that State Bank of Pakistan will accelerate the development of online payment systems, so definitely it will adopt corresponding policies. Domestically, online payment system should be developed first in big cities such as Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore, then medium-sized cities and small towns, and finally in vast rural areas, to gradually extend the online payment system in the whole country. Globally, priority should be given to the development of online payment system to China, United States, Europe, Middle East and other countries and regions according to the closeness of trade relations. Another development is that a Chinese Customs delegation has visited Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and held detailed discussions with Pakistani Customs officials in Islamabad. The two sides agreed that they would make an all-out effort to expedite clearances of agricultural products, under the proposed Green Corridor, at Sust Dry Port, Pakistan and Khunjerab Dry Port at Tashkurgan on the Chinese side, in a bid to promote the China-Pakistan agricultural trade. The two sides agreed to establish a customs cooperation mechanism, enhance border management cooperation, and nominate focal persons to have liaison and regular meetings and will strengthen customs electronic data exchange and actively resolve the problem of statistical differences in trade data. In addition, the two parties will strengthen cooperation in customs
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