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EcommerceLive, Sandton, 12 September

Join us at this conference in September. We will be holding a meeting for EFSA members in the afternoon.

The AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2023, Kigali, 11-13 Oct

This aims to emphasize the significance of a fully digitalized economy in Africa, highlighting actionable steps that can be embraced by stakeholders within the African technology and innovation ecosystem. Register here

Seamless Payments, Fintech, Retail, Ecommerce Conference in Sandton on 19-20 Sept 

More details on this event are here:


RetailX’s Germany Ecommerce Country Report, 2023

Download the 2023 edition of the Germany Ecommerce Country Report in which we examine the current state of the German ecommerce market, looking at everything from the influence of politics and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and its impact on the market, to trends such as payments, delivery and consumer behaviour. Download your free copy

The de minimis Rule Explained

This Newsletter has often referred to the de minimis customs rule, see articles above – this is a good paper explaining the issues:

The Africa Global Chamber of Commerce

The Africa Global Chamber of Commerce. Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) is a Chicago-based not-for-profit corporation which specializes in promoting trade, investment, educational exposures, and cultural exchanges globally for Africa’s economic interest and its partners starting from the United States of America. Locally, AGCC strives to serve businesses and professionals seeking business opportunities, while also, facilitating mutual commerce between the USA and Africa.

Promoting African Trade Through Compliance: Best Practices for Today’s Dynamic Environment, 5th-7th September, Johannesburg

The Afreximbank Compliance Forum 2023 will bring top local and global compliance practitioners, decision-makers and stakeholders to cover the mitigation of risk in the face of banking complexity and unpack how compliance can facilitate trade.

The Payments Association of South Africa’s International Payments Conference, 9-10 October 2023 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

PIPC 2023 will look at the rapidly transforming payments ecosystem, both locally and globally. To register for the PASA International Payments Conference 2023 and take advantage of the early bird discounts, click at

The Global Elite Top1000 Report 2023

In this report, RetailX researchers have analysed the global retail landscape and assessed retailers in all countries to discover the Top1000. As in previous years, this work has been undertaken through a digital lens, with measurements covering not just the size and sales of brands and retailers but their digital and omnichannel capabilities as well. Download your free copy

 RetailX 2023 Report on Ecommerce in the UK

The 2023 edition of the RetailX UK Ecommerce Country Report brings together the latest findings on how UK shoppers buy online and across sales channels – and on how leading retailers and brands in the market sell to them. Download your free copy

RetailX Europe Luxury Report, 2023

This extensive report explores how consumers are increasingly shopping for everything they want on marketplace sites – from Amazon through to specialised luxury marketplaces such as FarFetch and Secret Sales. This is forcing luxury brands to not only embrace ecommerce, but also to look at how to take the leap into owning the customer themselves. Download your free copy

AFSIC – Investing in Africa9 – 10 October, London

This is a important conduit for driving investment into Africa. AFSIC 2023 content includes panels and solos on key industry growth sectors, country summits showcasing investment opportunities and insights into Africa’s leading economies as well as unique meeting and networking opportunities – all of which offer the chance to build a strong network of high quality African contacts and investment opportunities. View the agenda page

How do the Spain Top100 retailers add value through their operations?

Download the RetailX Spain Top100 2023 report, to find out why ecommerce demand in Spain is growing quickly? How the Spanish government has recently introduced protection from inflation? How do the Top100 retailers add value through their operations? How do retailers approach the checkout experience?

 The 4th Global Anti-Scam Summit (GASS), Lisbon, October 18–19 2023

The line-up of speakers is growing fast and the event will have talks from speakers belonging to the Ministry of Home Affairs Singapore, Southern Africa Fraud Prevention Service, Taiwanese Risk Management firm and GASA Foundation Partner Gogolook and Prosecution Office of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. You can attend the event in-person in Lisbon or be a part of it virtually. In 2022, we had nearly 1,300 virtual guests and 120 physical participants from 70+ countries. The first 50 guests have already been confirmed. Register Now

Startups at the Seamless Africa 2023 Event, Sandton Convention Centre, 19 – 20 of September.

Seamless Africa brings together the entire financial ecosystem to discuss, debate and evaluate the future of the industry

Seamless is offering startups the following: a stand at the start-up pavilion on the exhibition floor; their logo and profile on the event website, platform / digital show guide;  exhibition-only passes for your team members to man your stand and attend the exhibition; access to their networking app – to set up meetings with attendees.

To qualify, a startup must be less than 3 years old and not owned by a larger corporation/holding company. For more information please see: or contact [email protected]

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