National strategy on dev't of e-commerce to be created in Azerbaijan (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, July 11
By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:
The Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan in cooperation with UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on trade and development) is planning to organize an international forum on e-commerce in Baku in September, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Ramin Guluzade.
He made the remarks July 11 during the conference entitled as "E-commerce in Azerbaijan: current status and prospects of development".
"The e-commerce has been developing dynamically in Azerbaijan in recent years. While the volume of retail e-trade in the country amounted to 25 million manats in 2016, this figure exceeded 46 million manats in 2017. Azerbaijan holds 68th place among 144 countries of the world according to the UNCTAD’s (UN Conference on trade and development) e-commerce index," the minister said.
Guluzade noted that, the international forum on e-commerce is planned to be held in September in Baku jointly with the European Union, the UN and other international organizations.
The ministry and the European Union have been implementing an e-commerce development project since 2017, within the framework of which serious work is being carried out in the direction of bringing the e-identification system in line with EU standards, Guluzade said.
"The law on e-commerce has been adopted in order to develop e-commerce in the country, and the national strategy for 2014-2020 has been approved for the development of the information society. In addition, strategic road maps have been adopted for the development of the economy as a whole and its individual sectors," the minister said.
Guluzade reminded that, the Azexport.az e-commerce portal was created in the country in 2016 according to the order of the head of state, and the Digital trade hub, which plays an important role in ensuring transnational trade operations. He said the portal has been created in order to strengthen Azerbaijan's position as a digital trade hub and to expand trade relations with other countries.
"The geostrategic location of Azerbaijan is creating new opportunities for the delivery of the ordered goods by mail. Today, a project of regional importance in the field of e-commerce is already being implemented, which allows the postal operator of Azerbaijan-Azerpoct LLC to act as a regional postal center and to deliver goods purchased through e-commerce. Today, the goods ordered on China's electronic trading platforms are delivered to the country and processed by Azerpoct LLC, after which they are delivered to more than 20 countries. Postal transportations are carried out by AZAL and SilkWay airline companies," the minister said.