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African Development Fund/Smart Africa Alliance Project to Enhance Digital Trade and Ecommerce in Africa

The African Development Fund and Smart Africa Alliance have jointly launched a $1.5m project to streamline digital trade and ecommerce policies across 10 African countries. The Institutional Support for Digital Payments and e-Commerce Policies for Cross-Border Trade Project (IDECT) will evaluate policy gaps in the digital trade and ecommerce ecosystems of Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Uganda, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Congo, São Tomé and Príncipe, and the DRC. The project will encourage regional training and capacity-building programmes focusing on cross-border e-payment and ecommerce for governments, private sectors, and SMEs.  The initiative is expected to reach 600 participants, with 60% being women and youth. Additionally, a certified gender-sensitive e-learning training programme addressing the unique challenges faced by women in digital trade and ecommerce, will be developed and disseminated to 2,500 participants, of whom 60% will be women. EFA plans to meet with Smart Africa on 17 May in Kigali.

Alastair Tempest

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