Wait Is Over! Amazon now officially entered Pakistan to offer its cloud services. They have registered a local office named Amazon Data Services Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. Amazon is forming a team for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Pakistan, to upscale the cloud computing services in major Pakistani industries like telco, oil and gas, banking sector, nadra, textile industry etc. Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage (cloud storage) and computing power, without direct active management by the user.

AWS offers two kind of management models, either you can manage the system yourself or you can hire a consultant which can help you manage the back-end. Team PT tried to contact AWS international for similar services in Pakistan. Which got us connected to its partner like GENESE , Mr. Raja Mehmood was very helpful in helping us learn about the way this new machinery works.

Amazon now officially entered Pakistan to offer its cloud services
Amazon now officially entered Pakistan to offer its cloud services

The decision put into action after the technology company experienced a disruption all over the world. Moreover, this large impact not only hurts the parts of the US but also Pakistan as a whole.

According to the SECP (Security exchange commission Pakistan) Mr. Shoaib Munir is a director, while Paul Andrew MacPherson is leading Pakistan office as a CEO.

LinkedIn post where Amazon Pakistan is offering Public Policy position

Frankly I learn’t about Amazon stepping into Pakistan when I saw following post on LinkedIn “Amazon seeking a public policy specialist”. It must be to deal with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and local digital transitions while focus on driving AWS cloud computing as a complete solution for big players around the country. Certainly, AWS offers one of the best cloud data services and already majority of banks are their clients and this local positioning will set them a part in cloud database domain.

A public policy individual has a big role to play by setting Amazon as a game changer for Pakistan digital ecosystem yet satisfying PTA on all grounds. Bytedance did the same in June by hiring Hassan Arshad as the head of public policy, so that he could work with the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to hinder a ban of the TikTok app.

Returns to AWS, in order to bring the technology company to Pakistan, the “Framework on IT Governance and Risk Management in Financial Institutions” by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has directed banks to utilize cloud computing technology under a certain condition. They are required to locate all the systems and service providers Pakistan as well as all physical servers and services. Under this condition, AWS would need to set up its own data center and cloud server in the country.

Why is this a good news, altogether? Pakistan is in dire need to up its game in digital business, cloud architecture and e-commerce. This kind of move builds trust among players and also brings foreign direct investment. Last but not the least, this move will help create more jobs for IT industry of Pakistan where Amazon now officially entered Pakistan to offer its cloud services.

Amazon web services in pakistan
Amazon web services

The ministry of information technology and telecommunication are in the process of formulating Pakistan’s first cloud policy, According to the e-commerce policy framework of Pakistan. On the other hand Draft Data Protection Act is at an advanced stage of consultations. The latter draft, which also concerns Amazon, addresses issues concerning data protection in e-commerce.

AWS hopes to work with relevant government departments in Pakistan as they develop and revise policies related to the digital economy, including cloud-first policies, data protection regulations, outsourcing guidelines, cyber security policies, tax policy, and over the top regulations. They will also proactively build relationships with key policymakers, politicians, and influencers.

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