E-commerce start-up aims to energise small businesses
A Myanmar e-commerce start-up is determined to break connectivity barriers and promote economic inclusion by providing an online platform for small businesses.
THE opposition Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) will only choose candidates, regardless of gender, who have popular support, a party spokesperson said on Wednesday.
U Thein Tun Oo said a general conference will be held at party headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw on December 11 and 12 to invite young women to play a bigger role in Myanmar politics.
He said the party wants to ensure the active participation of women as part of its effort to win the 2020 elections.
“We have held events at which we reviewed the performance of women compared to that of men,” U Thein Tun Oo told participants at a meeting of the USDP’S Mandalay Region Central Women’s Conference.
“If the lower level of the party recommends women (as candidates), as per the principles of the USDP, we will not discriminate against them but will select those who are qualified and have popular support,” he said.
He added that senior party leaders will not nominate the candidates but will use a “bottom-up” approach, adding that only lower-level members who have popular support will be chosen to run in the elections.
“Since the 2015 election, we’ve been observing which types of people are best suited to be elected Hluttaw MPS in 2020. There are many ways to look for them,” he said. “We gather the people, and there will be ten or 15 people who stand out. Then we let them meet with the party and ordinary citizens; we look at their performance and how people react to them.”
Participants at the conference’s preliminary seminar discussed several issues, including the participation of women in politics.
“I believe that female party members are active and sharp and will carry out their duties enthusiastically in whatever way they can. The party does not discriminate against women,” said U Wunna Maung Lwin, who is in charge of the party in Mandalay Region and a central executive member.
The party has more than five million members, of whom women make more than half, U Wunna Maung Lwin said.
Survival of SMES As cross-border trade grows and competition in the e-commerce sector in ASEAN heats up, opportunities abound for cross-border bulk-buyers and wholesalers. The challenge for small sellers would be to compete in this increasingly competitive environment and not be squeezed out by larger players.
As an online marketplace solely focused on Myanmar, Barlolo’s strategy is to position itself as the leading platform reaching out to small businesses and distributors who offer quality products for the masses. “We believe this strategy positions us well to benefit from the emergence of the middle-class in the country,” U Min Min observed.
In Myanmar, big names have established their presence recently, including Alibaba’s subsidiary Shop.com. mm. Shop.com.mm generated sales of over US$90,000 (K143 million) in the first hour of its first-ever Singles Day online sale on November 11. The occasion, also known as 11.11, is the biggest shopping event in China. Earlier this year, Japanese delivery giant Yamato has also set up a unit in Myanmar to tap into the logistics and e-commerce boom.
A recent report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled “Rapid etrade Readiness Assessment of Myanmar” argued that improving the legislative and regulatory framework is needed to properly govern the industry. This means taking more active steps on consumer protection, privacy, security of transactions, cybercrimes and other problems that have been part of the digital ecosystem. It also predicted that e-commerce can benefit, in the long run, the retail, healthcare and tourism sectors.
The Central Women’s Conference at Union Solidarity and Development Party regional headquarters in Mandalay.