The United Nations expresses its wish to see more and more Africans benefit from e-commerce opportunities

Three-quarters of its population have not yet started using the Internet. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – The UN agency specializing in the postal sector wants to help African countries take advantage of e-commerce to increase revenue on the continent, officials said Friday.

Bishar Hussein, director-general of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), told Xinhua that the UPU had developed an ecommerce platform under the Ecom @ Africa initiative, which will showcase products manufactured in Africa.

“Our overall goal is to ensure that small entrepreneurs, especially those in rural areas and disadvantaged communities, can sell their products in the digital market and improve their incomes,” he said in Nairobi.

Hussein said that so far, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa and Tunisia have already signed this initiative. The UPU hopes that all African states will participate in this continental e-commerce platform.

He added that national stations, which have the largest distribution network in most countries, will help deliver products to consumers at affordable prices.

The UN agency also said that this e-commerce platform will further enhance intra-African trade, whose potential is not fully exploited.

Bishar Hussein added that the national posts as well as the governments will be the main actors of this initiative.

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