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Ministry holds virtual youth conference on e-commerce

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Commerce hosted a virtual youth conference on e-commerce on Friday for consultation and implementation of government e-commerce policy aimed at empowering the country’s youth.

The Ministry of Commerce is planning a one-day virtual conference for young people on e-commerce in collaboration with the Kamyab Jawan program, USAID and the Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA), according to a statement released by the Ministry of Commerce.

The aim of the conference was to provide Pakistani youth with a platform to share their recommendations that can help the government improve its implementation of the national e-commerce policy to achieve its goal of empowering youth through commerce. electronic.

The presentations informed the attendees about the latest developments related to e-commerce in the country.

Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Aliya Hamza Malik said that through the national e-commerce policy, the government is creating an enabling environment for the development and flourishing of e-commerce startups in Pakistan.

The government’s goal is to facilitate its young entrepreneurs by improving the regulatory environment, giving them access to finance and digital skills training, streamlining tax structures, ensuring consumer protection and improving infrastructure. ICT and telecommunications.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Youth Affairs Usman Dar said Kamyab Jawan program initiatives such as the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) and the Hunarmand Pakistan Program will be used to promote business ventures and improve access to digital skills training.

The National E-Commerce Policy and the Kamyab Jawan Program were both launched by the Prime Minister in October 2019 and aim to harness the digital economy for the empowerment of Pakistani youth.

The national e-commerce policy under its pillar “Empowering youth and SMEs through e-commerce” aims to collaborate with the special government-run initiative, such as the Kamyab Jawan program, to achieve its policy goal of ” expand access to finance and digital skills to Pakistanis. young people and SMEs.

The second session with group discussions took place on six key areas of national e-commerce policy, including access to finance, access to computers and internet, access to skills training digital technologies, access to a conducive startup ecosystem, rural youth empowerment and global connectivity. .

Commerce Secretary Muhammad Sualeh Ahmad Faruqui said the recommendations provided by the private sector at the conference will help the National Electronic Commerce Council in implementing the national electronic commerce policy.

He also thanked the organizers, presenters, moderators and participants of the conference for their efforts to generate recommendations that can improve the e-commerce ecosystem for young entrepreneurs in Pakistan.

The conference successfully brought together representatives of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, including startups, independents, financial institutions, the national youth council, policy makers, the national trade council, P @ SHA, the State Bank of Pakistan, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority, Pakistan Trade Development Authority, Punjab Information Technology Council, national incubators, university students and representatives educational institutions.