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Pakistan does a digital revolution to conduct first-ever Digital Pakistan policy roundtables

Pakistan does a digital revolution to conduct first-ever Digital Pakistan policy roundtables

As long as the dream of Prime Minister Imran Khan:

making digital Pakistan, the IT ministry is planning for holding the Digital Pakistan Policy Roundtables. This is titled Improving Lives through Modern, Reliable and Affordable Digital Services. Furthermore, on Tuesday, the Ministry of data Technology has announced that the roundtables are going to held in the main cities of Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. Which is beginning from the coming date: 24th of March, along with the subsequent institutions mentioned below:

  • VU (Virtual University)
  • NITB (National Information Technology Board)
  • P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association
  • PSEB (Pakistan Software Export Board)
  • NTC (National Telecommunication Corporation)

 

If we talk about the key objectives of the conferences, then it is regarding asking the stakeholders from the general private and public Sectors, donor and academia agencies to offer their suggestion on key pillars of the policy:

  • E-commerce & digital platforms
  • IT/TeS Development
  • Human Resource Development
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Exports, Privacy, and Security
  • E-governance
  • ICT Infrastructure
  • Fintech

 

These suggestions will definitely result in the creation of a strong digital policy.

 

Next, Round-table 2021 of Pakistan Digital Policy is providing a chance to look at the parallels between emerging changes and policy pillars staying within the technology space. It also presents and reviews a variety of socio-technical sides, this is stated by Nadeem A. Malik, who is a member of the taskforce of PM for Telecom and IT.

 

Moreover, the 2021 policy of Digital Pakistan, is going to be introduced and will be supported as well by the digital transformation of Pakistan through probing the credible and affordable digital services for reinforcing the quality the economic and life of the citizens great. In addition, this policy also sets out the Ministry of legislative obligations of IT; including the policy laws, frameworks, and regulations, which will help in establishing the sustainable climate of IT.

In short, the Digital Policy of Pakistan of 2021 roundtable will help us definitely along with the efforts for a prosperous Pakistan, Osman Nasir sated this who is the director of PSEB.

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“Foree” Digital Payments and Remittance App has been launched

Pakistani Millionaire is going to Launch “First Digital Payments and Remittance Service”

“Foree”: 1st payment app

An app named Foree makes it convenient for people to merge their accounts and cards at one platform and do countless withdrawals at moderate charges.

 

The administrator of Foree

The administrator of Hashoo Group and controller of Forees’s Board, Murtaza Hashwani, has affirmed that Foree will be Pakistan’s foremost operative installment program.

Hashwani stated that Foree is different for, it avoids relocation of money through online banking; having specific dealing supports.

 

Assist Pakistanis

Moreover, he claimed that it will assist Pakistanis from other countries, specifically from the Middle East, to send money back to their people without third-party interference at a lesser cost.

It will increase digital commerce in Pakistan and will help people to purchase online from global trademarks with simultaneous remittance.

Foree had been launched with official funding the stages. Besides, upcoming growth will convince worldwide corporations and investors to invest money in Pakistan, later on, which will establish around one hundred thousand vacancies in the country, claimed Hashwani

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ECP will get E-Voting system Soon: Fawad Chaudhry

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Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Science and Technology Minister

 

Has revealed that ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan) is going to be equipped with e-voting technology, soon.

This innovation is going to happen according to the prime minister’s vision. Khan’s vision is that the coming election should consist of an e-voting system. So that it will ensure the impartiality and transparency of the election perfectly.

If we talk about the detail of this matter, then Fawad Ch. (the Science and Technology Ministry) told that e-voting technology will bring soon with institutional help. According to him, said that with the association of NIE (National Institute of Electronics), COMSATS and NUST (National University of Science and Technology) University.

Prime Minister, Imran Khan also ordered this, during a cabinet meeting. Last week, he said that all the concerned authorities should accelerate their efforts in introducing the e-voting system.

Prime Minister had announced last year already, in November 2020. He said there that the electoral will be fair and free elections in Pakistan. In those reforms, the e-voting system will be for a general election and for senate election: open balloting. Furthermore, also allowed to vote for the Pakistanis, who are living aboard.

 

 

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Banks must enable fully interoperable digital payment options, SBP orders

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The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has issued an order to facilitate the bank’s customers


In its order, SBP orders to the banks for allowing their customers for having repayment options Alternate Delivery Channels (ADCs). So, the SBP issued the order that it has been decided for all the Banks must enable fully interoperable digital payment options for their ongoing customers. It is just to facilitate the customers with the repayment option in terms of financing facilities (which is defined as the Prudential Regulations for Consumer Financing). According to the SBP’s order here are mentioned the few minimum requirements that must be met:

Firstly, customers’ ADCs, the repayment option must be available including mobile and internet banking for paying bills.

Next, there should be no time limit that only certain fixed hours, the customers are bound to pay the payments. However, the banks’ system shall take the amount either its outstanding loan or the instalment due as well as some specific loan. Regarding this, all the MFBs/banks need to account for that clear information they should provide authentic and updated information for avoiding disputes and confusion.

Furthermore, it is issued that all the Banks/MFBs must possess the discretion for allowing the partial or full payment option regarding any paying amount; by this in their procedures and policies.

Moreover, including the Credit Card bill payments that come under the category of online payments or repayments are need to be considered as final/paid on execution of the transaction date after the customer’s acknowledgement from their using banks.

Before 30 June 2021, all banks/MFBs are bound to follow all the instruction that has mentioned earlier in this article by the SBP.

 

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‘e-Pay Punjab’ make 4.3 million transactions and proves a game changer

‘e-Pay Punjab’ make 4.3 million transactions and proves a game changer

In one of the recent tweets by the Punjab Information Technology Board

The board announced that e-Pay Punjab is proved as a game-changer because of the collection amount which is nearly about 20 Billion Rupees through 4.2 million transactions.

Due to the e-Pay Punjab app’s unique feature of payment methods; four types: Internet banking, mobile banking, OTC (over the counter), ATM (Automated Teller Machine) banking transaction for the users. Under the instruction and guidance of the Finance Department of Punjab, this solution was created by the Punjab IT Board (PITB). If we talk about its integration, then let me tell you that it is integrated with the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and one link for the interconnectivity for the whole of Pakistan’s banking network.

 

For paying tax dues, anyone will have to access the e-Pay Punjab app or website for generating 17 digit PSID number. Each PSID number you will get different against each of your transactions. No matter, which channel of payment you are going to use: Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, OTC, or ATM banking transaction you use for paying tax dues.

 

As technology and digital tools are increasing day by day. PITB is also implementing different ways to make easy accessibility of such tools and for increasing the productivity for increasing productivity specifically for the unusual times of COVID. Furthermore, such implementation without using the physical infrastructure saves millions of rupees and a lot of time as well.

 

If you want to avail yourself of such kind of service, then you can go Play store or Apple store for downloading it.

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Khan shows dissatisfaction on IT task force’s slow progress

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In Islamabad, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan shows dissatisfaction with the performance of the Information Technology (IT) task force. The reason is simply that for the last two years there is no prominent progress come into view. Imran Khan was vexed on the progress of preparation in the terms of reference (TORs). Prime Minister said that except for one TOR of the assigned, nothing other effective progress has been coming in view.

Furthermore, Imran Khan (I.K) said that technology is one of the important factors in the way of rapid and truly progress. It is vital for Pakistan’s progress but the progress of IT in Pakistan is far behind as compared to other countries. Besides, Fawad Ch., minister of Science and Technology, also asked about the stability of the internet network laid in Islamabad. At the same time, the education minister said that there is a need to develop the IT facilities if we want to promote online education and for stable internet connections and the chairman also asked to call for a weekly meeting as well. So that in the meeting they can work on assigned task more effectively.

on October 5, 2018, during the presentation, the Telecommunication Division and Information Technology reported the cabinet positive feedback. They reported that the federal cabinet approved the IT task force 

 

The minister for IT and telecom was appointed as the chair of the task force. The task force’s scope was to advise and develop strategic plans and give advice on policy changes with TORs. So that it will strengthen the technology ecosystem in our country. The suggestion includes programmers, concrete measures, and incentives to enhance IT services exports for the next five years and to support the accurate reporting of IT export remittances. 

 

They recommend policy and other legal interventions that these are the elements required if we want a digital transformation. The current fragment approach in the public sector and in the e-Govt. digital initiatives. Furthermore, if we talk about then its mandate, then it’s related to organizations providing digital services. Such as PSEB, NITB, and PRAL. Moreover, the freelance ring\ work, and job are also importantly related to the development of the IT sector development.

 

The main work of the task force is to suggest and review about the improvements to facilitate and enable IT procurement by the public sector modernly. Specifically, the recommendations for entrepreneurship and development are also included in the policy and regulatory regime for ensuring government patronage. While ensuring updates on every TORs, the cabinet it to the chairman of the task force to revisit the presentation.

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PITB & Ejad Labs sign MoU to co-host Pakistan Innovation Roadshow

PITB & Ejad Labs sign MoU to co-host Pakistan Innovation Roadshow

Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has signed an MOU with Ejad Labs to co-host Pakistan Innovation Roadshow to be held in March. The MoU was signed by PITB DG e-Governance Sajid Latif and CEO Ejad Labs Arzish Azam at Arfa Software Technology Park.

PITB’s e- Earn and e-Rozgaar

Pakistan Innovation Roadshow aims to highlight the country’s booming tech ecosystem and top tech talent. Additionally, it will offer aspiring freelancers a chance to collaborate and learn from major stakeholders in Pakistan’s tech industry. PITB’s e- Earn and e-Rozgaar teams will collaborate with Ejad Labs and provide support through their partners in order to successfully organize the event across Pakistan.

During the ceremony PITB DG e-Governance Sajid Latif said, “Building synergies in order to develop a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem is an integral part of PITB’s endeavours as these opportunities are a great way for students and aspiring freelancers to learn from experienced professionals in the tech industry.”

CEO Ejad Labs Arzish Azam stated, “Through this roadshow we plan to celebrate and highlight the local tech ecosystem as well as spark meaningful conversations essential for ecosystem development.”

Pakistan Innovation Roadshow will include a number of events like seminars and meet-ups in 15 cities across Pakistan featuring prominent professions as keynote speakers. The overall event will be supported by round-up videos and podcasts. By joining hands in this public-private partnership, PITB aims to boost the tech ecosystem of the Pakistan and create a sustainable environment for the technological advancement of the country.

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5G technology successfully tested in Pakistan by PTCL Group

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Islamabad: The PTCL Group successfully tested 5G technology in a limited environment.

For the first time in Pakistan, the PTCL Group successfully tested 5G technology in a limited environment, and for the first time, remote surgery was demonstrated. Special guests on the occasion included Federal Minister for IT Syed Aminul Haq, Federal Secretary IT Shoaib Siddiqui, Chairman PTA Major General (retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa and UAE Ambassador Hamad Obaid Ibrahimi Al-Zubai.

Participants were briefed on 5G technology, while reviewing remote surgery, cloud gaming and 5G technology applications.

Speaking on the occasion, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahimi said that PTCL’s experience of 5G  technology in Pakistan is welcome. UAE is the first country in the Arab region to experiment with 5G technology, while the 5th most successful country in the world to complete a mission to Mars.

The UAE Ambassador said that there are investment opportunities in science and technology in Pakistan and the UAE, and the leaders of the both countries agreed to increase cooperation in the field of technology which is good for the future of two countries and generations. We are taking steps to create economic opportunities as well.

IT Secretary Shoaib Siddiqui said that we are committed to the vision of Digital Pakistan, PTCL Group’s successful 5G experience is an important step, 5G technology will open new avenues in many fields.

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H3C Launches Channel Kickoff 2021 in Pakistan, Promoting a Win-Win Partner Ecosystem

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H3C, a leader in digital solutions has initiated its second virtual event of the year in Pakistan — H3C Channel Kickoff 2021, Moving your business forward. The virtual event encourages global partners to “Move their business forward” by embracing new challenges and seizing opportunities alike, to jointly create more business value with H3C in the new year and beyond. In Pakistan, H3C has successfully certified more than 30 partners and over 60 engineers, and representatives of local partners and industry customers joined the virtual event.

“Since its official entry into the Pakistani market in 2019, H3C has been paving the way to support local customers in accelerating their digital transformation. We have made significant investments in the development of the local partner ecosystem, staff team and service system. Thanks to this, we have received increasing support from our partners,” said Davis Hui, the Head of H3C Global Channel Management.

“In addition to the latest products and solutions, H3C will continue to provide Pakistani customers with advanced ICT experiences building on our wealth of accumulated knowledge across various industries. H3C will also promote ecologically favorable policies, support local business partners to successfully complete digital transformation in the digital age, and leverage the power of digital to enhance inclusiveness.”

During the virtual event, H3C hosted the 2020 Partners Awards to recognize the important contributions of its Pakistan partners over the past year. Six of H3C’s Pakistani partners received the Top Sales Elite Award, Industrial Market Development Award, Solution Sales Elite Award, Top Service Sales and Delivery Award, and lastly, the Best Collaboration Award.

At the awarding ceremony, representative of the award winners said that, “It is a great honor to receive this award from H3C. H3C has a full portfolio of digital infrastructure products as well as a comprehensive one-stop digital platform in ICT field. H3C, relying on its high-quality products and professional team, has won the trust of an increasing number of customers across various industries here in Pakistan. We firmly believe that H3C will achieve greater success in the digital future, and we will also develop closer cooperation with H3C.”

H3C also shared its Digital Brain Project 2020 in Pakistan, demonstrating the leading capabilities of its “AI in ALL” intelligence strategy. The strategy aims to develop innovative smart applications with ecosystem partners and build digital brains for customers in their respective domains. It relies on Smart Digital Platforms composed of Digital Infrastructure, Business Empowerment Platforms, Active Security, and Unified O&M Services.

For the Pakistani market, H3C launched a Cloud-based management platform, Cloudnet, which will make it easier to manage H3C Wireless Lan (WLAN) devices, switches and routers. H3C also provides Blade server B16000, designed for fast-growing enterprises with the combination of powerful performance, added flexibility, unified management, and greater reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO). For small and medium-sized enterprises in Pakistan, H3C provides the latest generation version of UIS (Unified Infrastructure System) 7.0 with 4 new engines and 3 types of hardware, which combines almost all important elements in the data center, namely computing, storage, network, security, O&M and cloud, into a single box.

H3C Channel Kickoff 2021 is also scheduled to take place in additional markets such as Russia and Turkey, among others. The initiative embraces the power of digitalization with customers and partners worldwide, promoting the development of the entire ecosystem. In the future, H3C will further develop and expand its ICT ecosystem, including increasing support and capacity for overseas partners, working together to provide customers with more options, and contributing to the prosperity and development of the global digital economy.

About H3C

H3C is an industry leader in the provision of Digital Solutions and is committed to becoming the most trusted partner to the customers in their quest for business innovation and digital transformation. H3C offers a full portfolio of Digital Infrastructure products, spanning across compute, storage, networking, security and related domains, and provides a comprehensive one-stop digital platform that includes cloud computing, big data, interconnectivity, information security, new safety, Internet of Things (IoT), edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G solutions, as well as end-to-end technical services.

For more information about H3C, please visit http://www.h3c.com/en/

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Raast: Pakistan’s first instant payment system

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched the country’s first instant payment system—Raast—to enable end-to-end digital payments among individuals, businesses and government entities instantaneously.

Addressing the ceremony, the Prime Minister termed the launch a major step forward by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) towards “Digital Pakistan”, adding it would help include the low income groups and make them part of the mainstream economy. He was optimist that it would go a long way in fighting poverty, particularly in rural areas.

Raast is part of Prime Minister Khan’s “Digital Pakistan” vision to include poor segments of society in formal economy. The faster payment system will be used not only to settle small-value retail payments in real time but will also provide cheap and universal access to all players in the financial industry, including banks and fin-techs.

Khan said the instant payment system would not only document the economy, but would also generate more taxes to help build the country.He regretted that only two million people in the country of 220 million used to pay taxes, which was not enough to build hospitals and schools, and provide other basic facilities of life to the common man. Only 3,000 of the tax payers paid 70 per cent of the tax, he added.

The Prime Minister said foreign remittances had been constantly on the rise for the past five months, and had helped stabilise the rupee. After a gap of 17 years, the country’s current account had gone into surplus, lowering pressure on the rupee and playing a key role in strengthening the national economy, he added.

Khan said with increase in revenue collection, the government would create extra space for spending on the human development—education, health and clean drinking water.

He said Pakistan was among the top countries with the highest growth rate in the region, but today it was left behind. He hoped a move towards “Digital Pakistan” would help put the country back on track.

He said the people in Pakistan were used to cash economy, however, now it was time to move forward, adding the programme would help give a boost to the Ehsaas Programme, particularly its mobile wallet, and extend its reach to the women in rural areas.

Khan said his government was working for the empowerment of rural womenfolk by including them in various economic activities.He extended gratitude to Queen Maxima of the Netherlands as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank for the launch of the programme.

Queen Maxima appreciated Pakistan on the launch of the instant payment system as well as for effective strategy to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Ehsaas Programme for women empowerment.

Speaking on the occasion, SBP Governor Reza Baqir said the government employees and pensioners would be able to get payment of salaries and pensions in seconds. Baqir said it would also help curb corrupt practices and provide simple, secure and transparent transactions.

He said under the Prime Minister’s directions, the Roshan Pakistan system had met with success, adding the banks were also extending support to the people, who desired to take loans for building homes.

According to the data available with the SBP, digital payments account for only 0.2 per cent of Pakistan’s 100 billion transactions today, whereas the share of digital transactions in the peer countries ranges from 1.5 per cent to 7 per cent.

Raast is designed to operate at a cost recovery model to make digital payments affordable to end users of all socio-economic backgrounds. It will allow all financial institutions to seamlessly connect to each other via a single link to the central infrastructure, making digital payments accessible across any channel to customers of any financial institution.

Raast will also introduce more secure payment types to ensure that each transaction is authorised by the payer, and offer enhanced data protection and fraud detection services.

 

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