US e-commerce giant Amazon has added Pakistan to its approved seller list, a moment of celebration for Pakistani small businesses.
Prime Minister Imran Khan celebrated the move with his tweet.
A great development as Amazon has finally approved that our sellers can export their goods through their system. Amazon starting operations in Pak will open opportunities for our youth as it will enable a new breed of young men & women entrepreneurs to join the export market.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 6, 2021
On Thursday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs (SAPM) Shahbaz Gill announced that Amazon has added Pakistan to its approved seller list. While crediting the PTI government for the development, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aide tweeted: “What could not be achieved during the last 10 years in the history of Pakistan, has finally been done by the present government.”
Gill said that the country had now united with the global market which will be resulted in billions for Pakistan in the form of investment and employment opportunities.
“We have finally made it,” stated the prime minister’s advisor on commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood on Twitter. “An important milestone of e-commerce policy has been achieved through teamwork”, he said, adding that the ministry has been engaged with Amazon since last year to open up the platform for Pakistanis. “It is a great opportunity for our youth, SMEs and women entrepreneurs,” he said.
Pakistan will be added in the Amazon seller’s list within a few days after which business owners would be able to create their accounts on the online platform and take their business from Pakistan to the international markets.
Badar Khushnood, e-commerce specialist and member National e-Commerce Council (NeCC), told the media, “Amazon opening up its platform for Pakistani businesses is like the world is opening up for Pakistani businesses. It is one of the biggest opportunities for small and medium-sized companies.”
According to Khushnood, the co-founder of e-commerce platform Fishry.com, this move would also convert and expand country’s current export focus from B2B (business-to-business) to B2C (business-to-consumer) which offers a “huge benefit for local entrepreneurs, artisans, and small businesses” to help influence Amazon’s 300 million customers globally in 200 countries.