E-commerce in Africa: Strategic agreement signed

13.07.2017 - The Universal Postal Union and Tunisia signed an agreement on Tuesday for the development of e-commerce in the country under the Ecom@Africa project initiative.

UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein and La Poste Tunisienne Chief Executive Officer Moez Chakchouk signed the cooperation agreement.

UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein and La Poste Tunisienne Chief Executive Officer Moez Chakchouk, who represented Tunisian government, signed the cooperation agreement at an event witnessed by Tunisian Minister for Communication Technologies and Digital Economy Mohamed Anouar Maârouf, UPU Council of Administration Chairman Kenan Bozgeyik and UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz.

The cooperation agreement formalizes commitment to implement the Ecom@Africa Tunisian platform. Experts from the UPU and Tunisia have for the past months been setting up suitable technical and operational structures that will enable the roll out of the project.

Both parties to the agreement recognized that the initiative as an important step to enable the Post contribute more to the national development of the country.

The initiative has been launched by UPU to assist African countries develop and facilitate online trade using the postal network. The signing of the agreement makes Tunisia the first country among the six selected to pioneer the project. Others are Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa.

UPU has also received requests from Djibouti and Uganda to assist them in setting up e-commerce platforms for their Posts.

The objective of the Ecom@Africa project is to facilitate the development of e-commerce through the postal network in Africa, thus giving micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) better access to local international markets. This will be made possible by simplifying import and export procedures, with the support of designated operators of UPU member countries and other key players in the supply chain.

eCommerce, Technical cooperation


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