With Payoneer banning Pakistan, Pakistani freelancer community is very desperate and looking to find ways to solve this problem. First step was to recognize problem, which I discussed here. It happened due to expiration of anti-money laundering ordinance of 2008 and right now Pakistan is lawless when it comes to anti-money laundering & anti-terrorist funding laws. This caused US authorities to issue strict regulations for Pakistan and Payoneer iteslf is effected by these regulations.
Many readers asked me to take action and suggest a way to take action. I suggest you to contact both sides i.e, Payoneer and Gov. of Pakistan. Here are 3 steps:
1. Contact Payoneer support and its senior management requesting to remove this ban or at-least provide limited service.
You can contact Gil Abir, VP Payoneer by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is his linkedin profile, if you are an avid Linkedin user may be you would like to contact Mr. Abir through Linkedin.
2. Contact Pakistani law makers, new anti-money laundering bill is approved from National Assembly and now it has to get approval from senate. If Senate approves this bill then problem itself get corrected. Senate’s next meeting is to be held at 05:00 PM, 5th May, 2010
It means tomorrow, so why don’t write an email to senate. Senate’s official email address is, email@example.com
Contact numbers of Chairman Senate and others can be find here, http://www.senate.gov.pk/lists/currentmem091215.htm
3. As a last resort I plan to write a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan, requesting him to take notice of current situation. Also requesting him to inquire State Bank of Pakistan & PTA about their policies regarding e-Commerce gateway for Pakistan (this can help bringing PayPal to Pakistan).
If you also want to write, address for CJ:
Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
Supreme Court of Pakistan, Constitutional Avenue, Islamabad
Do you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to share through comments section.