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Qureshi praises diplomatic team over Pakistan’s addition to Amazon sellers list

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Source: FILE/Online.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has praised the country’s diplomatic team after e-commerce giant Amazon included Pakistan in its sellers’ list.

Qureshi said on Twitter, “Pakistan has been added to Amazon’s Seller Registered Countries List, empowering our businesses to sell online.”

He commended the team of Pakistan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles for “forging new areas and opportunities for Pakistan in the global business arena”, with the support of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington and the country’s leadership.

Pakistan’s Ambassador in Washington Asad Majeed Khan thanked the foreign minister for the support and encouragement. “We are now determined to make it work for our entrepreneurs to be able to market their products,” the ambassador said on Twitter.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry also took to Twitter saying Pakistan’s listing among Amazon’s seller registered list would “create new opportunities for Pakistan’s dynamic entrepreneurs, especially SMEs; create new jobs for youth and help the international expansion of country’s businesses.

He said Pakistan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles worked hard for access to the world’s most popular e-commerce platform.

Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company, has formally added Pakistan to its approved sellers’ list. Pakistan has been approved for registration in the verified Amazon seller list. Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Razak Dawood said 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,” said the adviser.

Pakistan is the only South Asian nation that is not included in the list of 102 countries on Amazon’s platform, despite being one of the biggest manufacturing economies in the region.

Last year, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ranked Pakistan 116th in the 152-nations B2C E-commerce Index.

Earlier this month, the adviser said that Amazon’s listing was an important milestone of the government’s e-commerce policy, which has been achieved through teamwork by many people across the globe.