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Russia to start creating e-commerce platform for small, medium enterprises in May-June

March 13, 8:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The new service will be compatible with the services that the Russian Export Center is creating
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MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Russia’s Economic Development and Trade Ministry and Russia’s largest saving bank Sberbank will create an e-commerce platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Oleg Fomichev, deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister said in an interview with the Rossiyskaya Gazeta that will be published on Monday.

The implementation of plans on creation of a Russian analogue of Alibaba online retail giant will start in May-June, he said.

"By May-June (we will start - TASS). We will determine it when we receive the completed project of the Russian Export Center (REC), and it should be considered at the presidium of the President's Council on priority projects, most likely in March," the deputy minister said.

He explained that the project of creating an Internet site for SMEs will go hand in hand with REC’s project on developing provision of services to Russian exporters.

"The REC is now working on exporter's online account with the possibility of receiving customs services and placement of goods on external trading sites, it is preparing a set of services, rather than a separate standalone platform. <...> We will return to the design of internal e-commerce, focusing on the Sberbank platform," the deputy minister explained.

According to him, as part of the project of the Economic Development Ministry, a private account of a SME entrepreneur will be created as well as an opportunity to place goods and provide their description, delivery time and price.

The official added that the new service will be compatible with the services that the REC is creating.

"What the Russian export center is doing will be connectable with any platform, so that a small enterprise has the opportunity both to trade and export goods," Fomichev said. At the same time, the ministry is promoting involvement of small and medium-sized businesses in the regions in the project.

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