Egypt Post has signed cooperation agreements with several African countries to facilitate e-commerce through a logistical centre of the postal service at Cairo International Airport.
This came within the framework of the participation of Egypt Post in the meetings of the 37th session of the administration council of the Pan African Postal Union in Algeria.
Essam El-Saghir, chairperson of Egypt Post and first vice president of the Pan African Postal Union, headed the meetings of the 37th session in Algeria, held during from 10 to 12 April 2018.
El-Saghir delivered an inclusive presentation that addressed the activity of the Regional Postal Training Centre in Cairo, which provides all kinds of technical support to Africans under the umbrella of the Universal Postal Union and Pan African Postal Union.
El-Saghir also made a presentation about the Regional Logistical Assembling Centre project in Cairo, which is deemed a new window for e-commerce in Africa, as it serves the purposes of e-commerce and parcel services, especially after the infrastructure development seen by Egypt Post over the past three years.
The centre provides unique logistical services to all the countries of the continent, as it works to assemble and reorient all e-commerce parcels coming from the US, the UK, and China.
El-Saghir said that the events of the conference witnessed the signing of many cooperation agreements with the countries participating in it, including Nigeria, Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Libya. The aim of these agreements is to use the logistical centre of Egypt Post at Cairo International Airport for e-commerce. Jordan and Lebanon have also previously joined the agreement to facilitate e-commerce between the countries that signed it.
The protocol aims to open new opportunities for cooperation between African countries and achieve the most gains possible in the field of e-commerce, which is dominated by global shipping companies.
In the first phase of this protocol, customers will be able e-shop from the US, as well as the UK and China. Goods will be shipped from these countries to the Regional Logistical Assembling Centre in Cairo, then shipped to the African countries that signed the agreement, which will eventually reduce the costs and improve the quality of the service.