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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
UPU News:- Côte d’Ivoire starts on Congress, adopts e-commerce project
Côte d’Ivoire has commenced the preparatory process for the 2020 Universal Postal Congress.
This was confirmed during a meeting between the country's authorities and UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein. Hussein received this assurance during a courtesy visit with Côte d’Ivoire’s Vice President, Daniel Kablan Duncan, in Abidjan. Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister for Communication, Digital Economy and the Post, Bruno Nabagné Koné and UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz also attended the meeting.
At the same time, Côte d’Ivoire supported the UPU’s initiative to assist member countries to develop e-commerce services for their Posts. Ecom@Africa is a UPU project in discussion with African postal administrations, with a view to adopting a specified model to help them roll out e-commerce services. The UPU is offering expert advice to African member countries on the design and implementation of the project. It has already been discussed with six African countries which have been ear-marked to serve as hubs for the continent's various regions.
During the meeting in Abidjan, the UPU director general highlighted the need for increased coordination between Côte d’Ivoire and the UPU toward the success of the country's Congress preparations. He also underscored the role played by the Post in the world economy, in particular in the area of international trade.
“We need to take every available opportunity to highlight the important role of the Post in the economy, and discuss the ways and means of making the Post a major player not only in domestic economic matters, but also in external trade facilitation,” said Hussein.
During the visit, Hussein also attended a seminar on E-Commerce and Financial Inclusion organised by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He noted that Côte d’Ivoire's Post has the expertise and know-how to develop an e-commerce platform that could serve as a means of re-launching postal activity and creating wealth.