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Around the World – Some Interesting and Some Disturbing News

  • The latest from the USA – TikTok has expanded its partnership with Shopify to add in-app shopping — a first for the video app. Participating Shopify merchants will be able to sell products in a new shopping tab on their profiles as well as a link to products in their TikTok posts;
  • India prohibits Mastercard from signing up new customers or issuing new credit cards as punishment for breaking the country’s data localisation requirements;
  • Pakistan bans TikTok, for the fourth time;
  • China clamps down on overseas IPO listings;
  • On 9 August EFA attended the CSEA Round Table on data governance. The fully recorded video of the event is here – and the report “Strengthening Data Governance in Africa”  can be accessed here –  Recommended reading!
  • The administration of President Joe Biden has kicked off the Prosper Africa Build Together initiative by requesting $80m from Congress to build trade and investment between the US and Africa. EFA has been in touch with Prosper Africa and plans for cooperation.
  • SA’s AmCham held a fascinating event on digital taxation with speakers from Deloitte, PwC, Covington, and (representing EFSA) PayU. A Wetransfer link to a recording of the session is here:
  • DHL held an event on Women in Ecommerce with EFSA’s Lauretta Ngakane on 31 August.
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