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UNCTAD’s Annual Report on Global B2C Ecommerce

Switzerland replaced the Netherlands at the top of UNCTAD’s B2C Ecommerce Index 2020, which ranks 152 countries on their readiness to engage in online commerce, and includes this year a special feature on Latin America and the Caribbean. More in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

UNCTAD’s Technology and Innovation Report is Published

A few developing nations are showing stronger capabilities to use, adopt and adapt frontier technologies than their per capita GDPs would suggest, but most are lagging behind, according to an index of 158 countries in UNCTAD’s Technology and Innovation Report 2021, published on 25 February.

Country Report on Spain

How should retailers and brands approach a market made up of regions with strongly distinctive identities? How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected Spanish retailers and brands? See RetailX’s new report – Spain 2020: Ecommerce Country Report

Digital Disruption and the AfCFTA

As we reported last month, the SAIIA held an event based around a paper on the digital disruption in Africa. The event was addressed by officials from the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the AUC and the African Development Bank. These speakers provided a very clear description of the AfCFTA objectives and timetable. A link to the Paper and recording of the event is here

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SAIS Select Startups

Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS) and Seedstars recently announced the second batch of fifteen startups that are part of the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) 2019-2020. The participating startups have been chosen for their SDG-focused tech solutions and were selected to go through the IRP to maximize their startup education and bring their solutions

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