UAE businesses urged to embrace e-commerce

The director of eServices, Dubai eGovernment, has called on the UAE business community to fully embrace e-commerce.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  January 12, 2004

The director of eServices, Dubai eGovernment, has called on the UAE business community to fully embrace e-commerce. Addressing the students of the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi on employment opportunities open to young national graduates, Salem Al Shair said: “E-commerce is an all-encompassing phenomenon. No company, supplier, dealer or distributor can afford to stay out of it.” “For companies, it is not enough to have a website; it is critically important to join online marketplaces that bring sellers together, offering great sourcing flexibility, lower costs and speedy transactions.” Explaining Dubai eGovernment’s approach to e-commerce, Al Shair said: “Dubai eGovernment, as the central gateway through which various government departments deliver their eServices to the public and businesses, has a strong role to play in the growth of e-commerce.” “E-commerce fits very well with our objective of offering public services electronically through our portal www.dubai.ae. Conducting trade electronically will allow government departments to considerably improve their procurement standards and also ensure best pricing with minimum or no paperwork.” Al Shair predicted that every government department will eventually migrate its services online and this is a factor that that local businesses can ill afford to ignore. “The all-embracing nature of e-commerce has created a scenario where every company will need to employ specialists to manage e-commerce divisions. Online selling could be as important, if not more important, than traditional selling.”

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