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Recognising the immense importance of e-Commerce for the economic growth of the country, Anusha Rahman, Minister of State for IT and Khurram Dastagir Khan, Minister for Commerce committed to expediting the much needed E-commerce framework at the earliest. The need for a fully committed joint working on the subject was realised in a meeting between the ministers held at the Ministry of Information Technology to discuss the immediate measures required to unleash the multi billion dollar trade potential in the e-Commerce domain.

Pakistan is set to invite global online payment giants PayPal and Alibaba to offer their services in the country, the IT ministry has said, after easing its e-commerce rules.
Punjab IT Board (PITB) and the World Bank (WB) will devise the first e-Procurement System for the provincial and central governments of Pakistan that is likely to save up-to 25 percent government budget presently jeered by the paper based old system. It was decided in a meeting held at Arfa Software Technology Park on Wednesday.
Easypaisa, a joint venture by Telenor Pakistan and Tameer Microfinance Bank, has partnered with, leading e-commerce player in Pakistan as their preferred payment partner for their Black Friday campaign on November 27 online, at
The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has appealed to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to have a date extended to file income tax returns. The LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad in a statement on Tuesday said that the date should be extended by one month to allow the business community to submit their returns.
The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced that Team Pakistan won three Gold Awards and 1 Silver Award at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2015 ceremony held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Saturday night. Leading the way with the Gold were the teams from Eyedeus Labs for their new product "Ingrain", Evamp & Sanga for their product Mobile Audio Streaming Service and students from the NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering for their research project Active and Intelligent Powered Ankle Foot Prosthesis for Trans-tibial Amputees.
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to the parties in response to plea urging for unblocking video-sharing website "YouTube" in Pakistan. Pakistan had blocked You Tube in September 2012, over hosting of a blasphemous movie "Innocence of Muslims" that ignited furious protests around the world.


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