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Opportunities, Events and Publications

Join EFSA at the SAITEX Exhibition and Conference on 19-21 June 2022

EFSA will have a session on the 21 June at SAITEX. We’ll also have a stand – join us then!


World Trade Organisation Annual Prize for an Economic Essay

The WTO invites young economists to submit papers for the 2022 WTO Essay Award. The aim of the award is to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade cooperation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community. Essays must be submitted by 6 June 2022. All submissions should be sent to [email protected].


Digital Invest USAid Programme

This is a blended finance programme that seeks to mobilize private capital for digital connectivity infrastructure and digital financial services that strengthen open, interoperable, reliable, inclusive, and secure digital ecosystems in emerging markets. Digital Invest supports global investment fund managers seeking to accelerate sustainable market growth. For more information go to –


US Chamber of Commerce Prizes for the Africa Digital Innovation Competition

The Digital Innovation Competition will award cash prizes and in-kind services to be provided to the top three winners.


New Report by Trade Intelligence on Retailing in Africa

“Set your business up for long-term growth in the African continent” understanding the dynamic long-term growth opportunities for retailing in Africa


CB Insights New Report on Retail

As this new US report on retail tech points out – in 2021 retail tech funding surpassed $100bn for the first time ever, more than doubling 2020’s year-end totals. Ecommerce led the funding frenzy reaching $54bn, while equity deals spread themselves across major categories. State Of Retail Tech 2021 Report


RetailX 2022 UK Ecommerce Country Report

This provides a practical guide to those already selling in the UK, a long-time leader of European ecommerce, and to those who are considering entering or expanding within it. Download your free copy


RetailX  RXBX: The RetailX Brand Index 2021

The RetailX Brand Index 2021 report analyses which brands have adopted these emerging strategies to meet customer needs, covering areas including how brands have changed delivery over the past year and how brands are able to keep shoppers informed on their landing pages. Download the full report here


EcomConnect is currently looking for partners to co-create ecommerce learning experiences and exchanges

If you know of an organization or community that could be a great partner for ecomConnect contact


The Online Payment Solution Finder 

This helps businesses find out which online payment solution is suitable for their business based on their location and sales channels. Please note that we have not used this new tool.


AfCFTA Hackathon for SMEs

Details here –


The Trade Intelligence Convenience Channel Report and Online Briefing

This explores a broader understanding of convenience in retail, which goes beyond the traditional convenience channel of corner stores and forecourt retail. We look at what convenience shoppers are demanding – how, where, why they shop, and what they shop for. Conference 12 May Email to book – [email protected]


The RetailX Luxury 2022: Sector Analyst Report

This provides a clear picture of the luxury market from a strategic and commercial viewpoint. Driven by industry-leading research, we take you through the key growth drivers, digital advancements, and the largest businesses in the sector. Download the report


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