E-commerce, e-education pre-requisites to progress

STAFF REPORT KHI: E-commerce is an innovative and fast services which is boosting the economy, but at the same time the country also needs e-education and e-governance, a pre-requisite to rapid development on the part of the young generation.

“Although there are environmental, security and legal limitations in Pakistan, e-banking in particular is growing speedily in the country,” said former Sindh minister Asad Ali Shah while speaking as chief guest at a seminar on the future of e-commerce in Pakistan. The seminar was organised by students of the Department of Computer Science of the Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU).

He said that besides e-commerce, m-commerce, i.e. business through mobile technology, was also growing rapidly, giving a boost to economic and commercial activities in the country.

“E-governance is essential for effective governance and administration,” said Shah, who was a provincialminister in slain prime minister Benazir Bhuttos second tenure.

Vice Chancellor SMIU Dr Muhammad Ali Sheikh said that e-commerce is the future of the country.

In the past, Pakistan had witnessed two big revolutions – telecommunications and satellite television channels – that had changed the old Pakistani society. Now e-commerce is taking root in society, but there were also some obstacles that must be removed, he added.

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