EEU largest online retailer to open trade and logistics centers in Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — During his working visit to Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia) last month, Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin met with Tatyana Bakalchuk, general director of the leading Russian international online store Wildberries. They discussed prospects for cooperation between the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) and Wildberries on the development of electronic commerce in Kazakhstan, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

Wildberries is the largest online retailer in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) countries, with the presence in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Armenia.

In an interview for Primeminister.kz, Bakalchuk told about the implementation of the investment project for the construction of trade and logistics centers and the promotion of Kazakhstani producers at the Wildberries website.

“We want to build two trade and logistics centers with an area of approximately 50 thousand square meters in Nur-Sultan and Almaty. We plan to build two centers because we are operating on the Kyrgyz market, and in the future, we plan to enter the market of Uzbekistan. It will be very convenient for us to logistically work in Kazakhstan with these countries. I think that in about two years, these logistics centers will be able to operate at full capacity,” Bakalchuk said.

Asked how actively is e-commerce developing in Kazakhstan, she said that the market is developing rapidly, there are already several dozen Internet sites, and there are quite large local players. “I think that all over the world, and in particular in the territory of the Customs Union [EEU], the internet market is now developing even faster than in other countries,” Bakalchuk added.

Sergey Kwan

TCA