ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines and Ethiopost, the designated postal operator, have entered into a partnership agreement in a bid to revolutionize the nation’s eCommerce landscape.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew and Ethiopost’s CEO Hanna Arayaselassie on Thursday.
The duo say the strategic partnership aims to revolutionize Ethiopia’s eCommerce landscape, positioning the country as the gateway for e-commerce in Africa.
Under the terms of the MoU, the Parties have identified various areas of cooperation in both the domestic and international e-commerce supply chain.
These include international transport, domestic logistics, transit services, and transshipment operations, with a focus on streamlining and optimizing the entire e-commerce business flow.
“This MOU represents a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to bolster our eCommerce capabilities,” Ethiopost’s CEO Hanna said.
“Through our collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, we will offer businesses the means to access untapped markets and amplify their sales potential,” she added.
Ethiopian and Ethiopost envision making Addis Ababa Bole International Airport the premier e-commerce parcel gateway for Africa and its surrounding areas.
They plan to combine their expertise and resources to deliver seamless solutions that support the growth and success of online businesses.
The national flag carrier has an extensive network that serves more than 150 international and domestic passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.
Ethiopost also boasts of having “a deep understanding of the domestic market” with a strong track record of delivering postal services for the past 129 years.
“We are happy to launch this collaboration and contribute meaningful impact for the country,” Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mesfin said.