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Digital economy a great hope for Pakistan's development
Last Updated: 2021-01-09 14:45 |
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by Cheng Xizhong 
BEIJING, Jan. 9 (China Economic Net) - Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to launch the first phase of Pakistan's Instant Payments System, said the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Dr Reza Baqir on Thursday while steering the third nation-wide stakeholders' meeting on Digital Financial Services.
This move demonstrates that Pakistan is accelerating digitization of the country, which includes successful introduction of the digital account, provision of lifestyle banking, and investments through the Roshan Digital Accounts (RDA) for non-resident Pakistanis.
Pakistan is known as the land of opportunity as it has tremendous and unmatched potentials. While technology-enabled innovation is the major spur to productive growth, rapid advances in technology are enabling new business opportunities. As in the case, Pakistan`s efforts on the digital growth path will improve the business environment, attract domestic and foreign investment, and accelerate the development of the national economy.
In my latest article, I pointed out that it was the right choice to go ahead with “Engage Africa”. And now I would like to reaffirm that Pakistan's commitment to the development of the digital economy is another right choice. One right choice after another entails the wisdom and correctness of the policies made by the Imran Khan administration, which gives Pakistan great hope for fast economic development.
Why has China's economy recovered so quickly and so did that of  Pakistan's? I believe the digital economy is the answer. In the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital economy with its strong vitality and great development potential has effectively hedged the downward pressure of economy in some countries including China and Pakistan. Hence, it’s time we give full play to the engine of the digital economy to achieve high-quality development.
The digital economy is an important path to activate the consumer market and strengthen the real economy. Digital technology has given birth to new Internet models such as live broadcast economy, cross-border e-commerce, Internet finance, and new industries such as online education, Internet health care, and online office. As a result, It creates a large number of individual and micro-economies, new employment space and opportunities, and more convenient digital products and services.
Digital technology heralds the beginning of a new era, and it will usher in broad prospects for development in the form of the digital economy.
Thursday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had an hour-long telephone conversation. Both foreign ministers expressed strong commitment to further strengthening all-round cooperation and taking the bilateral relationship to a higher level for the shared benefit of the two countries.
I believe such high-level and high-quality cooperation between China and Pakistan will boost the sharing of technologies and experience of the digital economy and facilitate the building of a community of digital economy under the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. 
Cheng Xizhong, visiting professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, senior fellow of the Charhar Institute, former Defense Attache in South Asian countries

(Editor:Wang Su)

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