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Egypt part of trio leading ecommerce growth in MENA region

Together, the trio led ecommerce growth in the region valued at $22 billion

By: Business Today Egypt

Thu, Mar. 18, 2021

MENA’s overall ecommerce market is led by Egypt, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, accounting for 80 percent of the market in the Middle East and North African region, states Wamda’s latest white water.

Together, the trio led ecommerce growth in the region valued at $22 billion.

Egypt has regulated ecommerce activity by virtue of Electronic Signature Law 15 of 2004, wrote Wamda’s paper.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology launched an ICT strategy to support the development of the sector and its contributions to economic growth through initiatives that support e-commerce as part of Egypt’s 2030 Vision and Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS), they highlighted.

These allowed Egypt to be part of the top 3 markets that helped the region’s ecommerce to boom.

According to the paper, online shopping accounted for just 2 percent of the retail market in the MENA prior to the pandemic, but it was gaining momentum, and by 2017 had reached a value of $8.3 billion, up from $4.2 billion recorded in 2015.

“Today, 80 percent of young Arabs shop online frequently, compared to 71 percent in 2019. Additionally, 50 percent of those aged 18-24 in MENA are shopping more online after the pandemic. As a result, e-commerce reached a value of $22 billion by the end of 2020”, said the paper.

After the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, e-commerce saw an acceleration globally due to lockdown measures, as many consumers found online retail to be the only viable solution to purchase basic items while adhering to stay-at-home orders, according to the paper.

Accordingly, retail e-commerce website traffic worldwide recorded more than 21.9 billion monthly visits in June 2020 compared to 16.2 billion in June 2019.

Likewise, leading global e-commerce platform recorded $88.9 billion in revenue during the second quarter of 2020, a 40 percent Y-o-Y increase in net sales, according to the paper.

In the MENA region, the paper said that e-commerce witnessed a remarkable jump in demand and adoption, specifically over the first three months of the pandemic’s outbreak, as e-commerce companies had a more captive audience to appeal to during the lockdown.

The paper also cited the findings of a recent report published by, which showed that 47 percent of consumers in the MENA said they expect to shop online more frequently in 2021.