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EFSA Plans Launch of Ecommerce Awards for SA in September 2021

For any of our readers interested, EFSA plans to launch SA Awards for ecommerce in September this year. We will cooperate with the pan-African Ecommerce Mobile Applications Awards Africa (ECMAAA) which will be held in December so hopefully some of our national winners can go on to win at the African level too. We are considering the following categories: Best Ecommerce App; Best use of Social Media; Best Ecommerce start-up during lockdown; Ecommerce Woman of the Year; Best e-platform Newcomer; Young Person of the Year; Best Ecommerce logistics. We will be looking for possible sponsors. If readers are interested in learning more about the awards or possible sponsorship please contact me


50 Sales Goals For Your New Ecommerce Business After Launch

An interesting paper to read –


Annual World Trade Organisation Award or PhD Students

The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2021 WTO Essay Award. The award aims to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community. Essays must be submitted by 7 June 2021. All submissions should be sent to Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format: 1. the essay2. the CV of the author(s), specifying (i) current affiliation(s), (ii) the academic institution awarding the PhD, (iii) the year (or the expected year) of the PhD, (iv) the date of birth of the author(s).


International Trade Council Case Study on an Ecommerce Success

On May 19 from 6-6.15 PM (CET) meet Edem, a young Ghanaian entrepreneur and founder of Booksie, a Pan-African book subscription service and book club for 3-12-year-olds. Booksie delivers online a careful curation of high-quality books written by African authors and offers a literacy programme through its Book Club in Accra that helps children fall in love with books.

Edem is also one of the finalists of ITC’s “E-commerce Story Pitch contest” in December 2020. Join on ITC’s Facebook page for the live event here


Ford Foundation Grants

The Ford Foundation has invited applications on the theme “Towards an Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Recovery: A Call from the Global South”. Closing 2 May. More details from the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies


The RetailX Homeware 2021: Sector Analyst Report

Covers a strategic and commercial overview of the current homeware market in Europe including key players, growth vectors and regional variants. The report also offers privileged insight into the macroeconomic events which have helped shaped the sector. Featured company profiles include: IKEA, Dunelm, John Lewis,, Home24, Habitat, Dedeman, Praxis, Vente Unique and Westwing. Learn more 


Job Opportunities at the AfCFTA Secretariat in Accra

A number of jobs have been advertised recently – see


Top 10 Sites for your career

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