The government of Cameroon has join forces with the Commonwealth Secretariat to design a national e-commerce strategy.
The partnership according to official sources will help Cameroon explore ways to increase the benefits of e-commerce and digital trade, all in the bid to achieve its national development plan.
Explaining the importance of the project, Opeyemi Abebe, Commonwealth Trade lead on the project, said it would enable Cameroon establish the requisite legal framework for e-commerce and identify the sectors within the regional value chain for small and medium-sized enterprises.
“It will lead to increased contribution of e-commerce to the national GDP and facilitate employment creation, as well as poverty reduction amongst the most vulnerable groups in the country,” Abebe said.
For his part, Achille Bassilekin, Secretary-General at the Ministry of Trade in Cameroon said, “Building a sustainable e-commerce ecosystem remains a priority for the government of Cameroon to ensure that the private sector is able to derive an equitable share from the opportunities provided by global e-commerce.”
The Commonwealth assistance to Cameroon will in no small way help the country link up its e-commerce strategy to other areas of strategic importance such as national trade policy and industrial development policy.