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Douala to host regional e-commerce center

Cameroon’s economic capital and the country’s main air and sea hub, Douala has been chosen to host the headquarters of the Ecom@Africa Project on behalf of the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC).This was confirmed in reports on Wednesday at the end of the visit to the infrastructure by the Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), Bishar Abdirahman Hussein.

Mr. Hussein, who was on a site visit, along with the Posts and Telecommunications Minister (MINPOSTEL), Minette Libom Li Likeng and the General Secretary of the Pan-African Postal Union (UPAP), Younouss Djibrine, also discussed the dematerialization of procedures in the port of Douala, which requires strengthening the e-force platform of
the one-stop shop foreign trade operations (GUCE).

The Ecom @Africa platform is a concept, which will be implemented in six African countries namely South Africa, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia in order to implement an inclusive strategy for access to online commerce for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and consumers.

The strategy of giving greater visibility to African products should enable them to trade, i.e buy or sell on the basis of the postal network.

Eventually, it will be up to Africa to take over the digital economy, against the economic backdrop where the continent “accounts for only 2 percent of world e-commerce, despite its potential,” the Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) lamented.

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