FBR may extend risky defence contract

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ISLAMABAD – The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is likely to extend its contract with M/S Agility, vendor of Pakistan Customs Computerised System (PACCS), the automated customs clearance software. The software has previously been declared a ‘security risk’ both by the office of Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) and the FBR itself.
“The FBR has almost decided to extend the contract with M/S Agility and a notification in this regard will be issued within a few days,” an official source revealed on Saturday.
The development has come despite reservations of the office of the AGP which earlier termed M/S Agility, a Kuwait-based firm, as a security risk citing its ability to alter the data of defence imports since it could retain codes of the system.
The FBR had also conceded that the PACCS being faulty system was a threat and the Agility had been involved in fraudulent activities regarding defence supplies from the US.
Declaring the country’s automotive trade clearance system a security risk, the AGP had asked the government of Pakistan to purchase proprietary rights and codes from the vendor as their control could compromise secrecy of sensitive defence imports.
The AGP had also objected to cost of the PACCS as it cost Rs 116.1 million against its approved budget of Rs55 million.