Adviser to the Prime Minister on Trade Abdul Razzaq Dawood has said that e-commerce company Amazon has added Pakistan to its seller list.
Announcing the breakthrough on social networking site Twitter, he said: “This is a huge step forward for our e-commerce and it will create vast opportunities for the younger and new generation of entrepreneurs. Congratulations to all involved.
Further to my previous tweet, today @amazon has confirmed that Pakistan has been added to its Sellers’ List. It is a big accomplishment for our E-Commerce & will open up vast opportunities for a new breed of young men & women entrepreneurs. We congratulate everyone involved. pic.twitter.com/iZJxO4q1hB
— Abdul Razak Dawood (@razak_dawood) May 21, 2021
The list of countries eligible to sell on the platform can be seen here, it has been updated to include Pakistan.
The trade adviser also shared a message from Eric Brosard, vice president of Amazon International Seller Services, in his tweet, saying that Pakistani merchants are now eligible to sell on the platform.
“We look forward to working with Pakistan’s vibrant business community, including small and medium-sized sellers, to help connect them with customers around the world,” he said.
Earlier, the business adviser said the government has been in talks with Amazon since last year. “This will be a great opportunity for our young people, small and medium entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs, to mark important milestones in e-commerce around the world.” It was achieved through the teamwork of many people.
Official sources told Dawn that Amazon’s decision to register Pakistani companies is the result of serious efforts by the Ministry of Commerce and the Pakistani Mission in Washington and Los Angeles, and a pilot project has been launched with the help of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.
He said that the biggest change after joining the sellers list would be that Pakistani companies would be able to create IDs using their details, including Pakistani banks, and small and medium enterprises, youth and businesses. Women will have the opportunity to connect with the global market.
Pakistan’s inclusion in Amazon’s sellers list also creates opportunities for exporters to sell their products through the platform.
Some Pakistani companies are already selling on Amazon from their overseas offices, but the inclusion of the country in the sellers list will increase the opportunities for SMEs.
The initiative is about promoting more businesses and helping online shoppers access Pakistani brands that can now reach all major markets through Amazon.
Most of the Pakistani products available for sale on Amazon are textiles, sports, leather and surgical equipment.
Earlier, Pakistani companies used to register with offices outside the country or manufacture goods for other brands available on Amazon.