There is much concern over trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel’s argument that unfettered e-commerce would be seen as “unfair competition” and put pressure on the government to open other stores, increasing activity and risk.

But the focus on unfair competition between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar stores is misplaced. The department should rather take the opportunity to support e-commerce in a risk-adjusted strategy to open up the economy, which has the potential for long-run benefits...

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