The UN specialized agency for the postal sector plans to help African countries leverage on e-commerce in order to boost the continent's incomes, officials said on Friday.NAIROBI, (Pakistan Point News - 11th Jan, 2019 ) :The UN specialized agency for the postal sector plans to help African countries leverage on e-commerce in order to boost the continent's incomes, officials said on Friday.
Bishar Hussein, director general of Universal Postal Union (UPU), told Xinhua in Nairobi that it has developed an e-commerce platform under the [email protected] initiative where products made in Africa will be visible to the rest of the world. "Our overall objective is to ensure that small scale entrepreneurs and especially those in rural and under served communities can sell their products on a digital market and improve their incomes," Hussein said.
UPU hopes that all African states will join the continental e-commerce platform.
He added that national postal agencies which have the largest distribution network in most countries will help deliver products to consumers at an affordable cost.
The UN agency said that the e-commerce platform will also promote intra-Africa trade which is currently below its potential.
Hussein noted that national postal agencies together with national governments will be the key stakeholders in the e-commerce initiative.