Amazon India on Thursday announced a series of key initiatives to digitally enable lakhs of local stores, entrepreneurs, traders, artisans and weavers across Uttar Pradesh and help them grow their business by selling to customers across India and the world.
In presence of Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh at the Loan Mela event at Lok Bhawan Auditorium Lucknow, Amazon India signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Export Promotion, Government of Uttar Pradesh. As part of the two MoUs, Amazon will train and onboard MSMEs from the state on its Global Selling program and help them export their unique Made in India products to customers in over 200 countries and territories across the world. Additionally, it will focus on bringing sellers registered under the one district one product (ODOP) program on Amazon.in and help them serve customers across India.
The Chief Minister also officially launched Amazon’s first Digital Kendra in UP to accelerate digitisation of local stores and small businesses in Kanpur and nearby areas at the same event in presence of Shri Navneet Sehgal, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Export Promotion, Government of Uttar Pradesh and Mr Chetan Krishnaswamy, Vice President, Public Policy, Amazon India.
Yogi Adityanath said, “Digitising small businesses and boosting exports from the state are key focus areas for us and I would like to commend Amazon for launching initiatives that are aligned with our priorities. Our state departments will work closely with Amazon for the benefit of lakhs of entrepreneurs across Uttar Pradesh. I believe that initiatives like these can help them grow their business and also contribute to growing our state’s economy to USD 1 trillion by 2027. We are committed to making Uttar Pradesh an attractive business and investment destination.”
Manish Tiwary, Country Manager, India Consumer Business, Amazon India said, “Our approach at Amazon has always been to use technology to empower local stores, entrepreneurs and small businesses across India to scale up their business, catering to customers anywhere in India and the world using ecommerce. With this association with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and under the guidance and leadership of Yogi Adityanath, we aim to help lakhs of local businesses in the state to benefit from technology adoption and become digital entrepreneurs. These initiatives reflect our commitment to digitise 10 million small businesses including local stores and enable USD 20 billion in ecommerce exports from India by 2025."
Navneet Sehgal, Additional Chief Secretary, MSME & Export Promotion, Government of Uttar Pradesh said, “The role that technology has played in the growth of trade and commerce is undeniable, especially in the COVID era. We’ve witnessed how digitisation has supported MSMEs across the country by increasing their efficiency, efficacy and profitability. This association with Amazon will accelerate the digitisation of lakhs of MSMEs and boosting exports from Uttar Pradesh , while promoting entrepreneurship and innovation.”