Mashallah, the Central Bank has said they’re going to allow PayPal soon. PayPal (while not ecommerce manna) is nonetheless the global currency for freelancers and small businesses alike. I know freelancers who’ve actually moved places like Singapore simply to be able to accept money – taking both forex and human capital out of the country. Never mind how hard it is to open a payment gateway through local HSBC or Sampath or HNB, not to mention how ugly their interfaces are. I think the HSBC payment gateway still shows an open table tag, after years.
Inshallah, we’ll have working PayPal by the end of the year and some relief to Internet workers throughout the island.