How can IT policy play a role in Ecommerce in Pakistan? How can IT Policy encourage and fuel Ecommerce growth in Pakistan? We are reaching out to all Ecommerce specialists to advise us and help us formulate Pakistan’s IT policy.

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  • Dr. Owais Hassan Shaikh

    Ecommerce business/platforms present new opportunities and threats to competitive process. They enable new and existing businesses to reach audiences that were inaccessible previously (as brick and mortar stores can offer products or services to a limited customer base). However, given strong network effects (lock in), ecommerce businesses, platforms or marketplaces may exert enormous market power over their competitors, suppliers and users/buyers of their product or service. Due to resultant high entry barriers, not only price competition is reduced but innovation is also negatively affected. This means that new product, services or business models will not be developed to the extent they would be in a competitive environment. This requires rethinking of the current competition law and policy and allows the tools of market intervention. This is a core issues that should be understood and addressed at this formative stage of ecommerce in Pakistan.

    Thanks,
    Dr. Owais Hassan Shaikh,
    Chairman,
    Department of Law,
    Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law,
    Karachi.
    +03352054987
    owaishs@yahoo.com

  • Dr. Owais Hassan Shaikh

    Hello,

    Ecommerce platforms/marketplaces have enabled many businesses to expand their target markets as opposed to brick and mortar stores whose offer reaches a limited audience. At the same time given the network effects, ecommerce businesses, specially market places, may exert enormous market power over the users of their services and products. This may not only lead to reduced price competition resulting in high entry barriers but may also discourage innovation in ecommerce products, services and business models. Rethinking the current competition law and policy is needed at this very formative stage. Let’s talk.

    Best,
    Dr. Owais Hassan Shaikh
    Chairman,
    Department of Law,
    Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law,
    Karachi.
    03352054987

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