With the ever increasing popularity of e-commerce, everyone desires to take a bite into the sweet pie, and why not? But sadly Pakistanis are being left behind as Paypal, one of the most popular e-commerce networks has still to list Pakistan in its permittable countries for registering with the service. We are then forced to use alternate commerce systems which have slowly cropped up but to contest the monopoly and popularity of a trusted Paypal account still eludes us Pakistanis.
This issue bugs not only marketing companies, freelance developers but is also a major deterrent for bloggers who are unable to receive funds generated via the ad networks running on their blogs. I have been fortunate to have a full business account (as I was studying in the US for over three years) and was able to use this to generate donations for the Earthquake relief in Pakistan during our Donate a Dollar for Pakistan campaign at Help-Pakistan.com.
A very interesting article written by Faisal Khan CEO of Net Access where he discusses a potential collaboration with TCS, the largest courier company in Pakistan as a potential catalyst for the promotion of e-commerce in Pakistan.
I open this issue more to initiate a discussion as to what solutions are now available and even discuss a possible course of action which may be adopted to force the bureaucracy (Paypal & Govt of Pakistan) to help the people of Pakistan to tap into the wealth of resources available worldwide which will undoubtedly positively affect the economy in Pakistan. The Indian sector was successful in pushing through to an extent that people in India are able to get checks in the mail for any withdrawals. Why can’t we do the same, if not better?