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Pakistan Prepares for the Arrival of PayPal and Stripe

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) has unveiled a transformative plan to integrate globally recognized payment gateways like PayPal and Stripe into the country’s financial ecosystem. This groundbreaking initiative is poised to strengthen the payment infrastructure, fostering seamless global connectivity for Pakistan’s thriving IT sector.

Dr. Umar Saif, the Federal Caretaker Minister for Information Technology and Telecom, has played a pivotal role in elevating Pakistan’s IT industry on the global stage, notably during the GITEX Dubai 2023 event. Dr. Saif’s visionary approach extends beyond payment gateways, as the Ministry gears up to launch the Pakistan Startup Fund, an initiative designed to attract venture capitalists, foster a vibrant startup culture, and stimulate the economy. Drawing resources from IGNITE, the National Technology Fund, which is fueled by telecom industry revenues, this effort aims to amplify Pakistan’s tech entrepreneurship landscape.

The recent establishment of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) and its recognition by the United Arab Emirates marks a significant milestone, with a specific focus on the IT sector, highlighting its critical role in Pakistan’s economic growth. Notably, Pakistan’s IT industry stands out as the only major sector with a trade surplus, poised to generate substantial foreign exchange, address trade deficits, and create high-paying jobs, bolstering the entire economy.

This comprehensive approach by the MoITT and key industry stakeholders, such as the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA), underscores the unwavering commitment to unlock the full potential of the IT and IT-enabled Services (ITeS) sector, propelling Pakistan into a new era of digital empowerment and economic prosperity.

The integration of global payment gateways is set to be a cornerstone of Pakistan’s financial revolution, solidifying its position as a dynamic player in the global digital economy.

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