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Assessment Reports

E-Commerce Sub-Sector Assessment Report for Kenya (Mwencha (2016) 2016 E-Commerce Sub-Sector Assessment Report for Kenya)

ICC Africa Statement (20180412 ICC Africa Statement_v7)

Ecommerce News In Africa

African Infrastructure gets a boost from Facebook and other news from around Africa

By Shahrain Coovadia | Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on African Infrastructure gets a boost from Facebook and other news from around Africa

Facebook is in talks to develop an underwater data cable that would cover the African continent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The project has been called Simba and it is estimated that it will cost over $1bn. The aim of the project is to drive down Facebook’s bandwidth costs and to…

Selling into Africa

By Shahrain Coovadia | Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Selling into Africa

DHL has unveiled an ecommerce app designed to enable global retailers sell goods to African buyers. Called DHL Africa eShop, the logistics giant says the platform “provides convenience, speed, and access to connect African consumers with exciting brands.” DHL Africa eShop is already available to over 200 retailers in both the US and the UK…

Investing in African Start-ups

By Shahrain Coovadia | Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Investing in African Start-ups

Partech Africa’s 2018 annual report says African tech startups raised US$1.163bn in 2018. The report’s data, from 146 African startups covering equity deals in 164 rounds shows a +108% growth year on year, compared to +33% in 2016 and +53% in 2017. Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa received 78% of the total funding with Egypt…

Annual UNCTAD Ecommerce Week

By Shahrain Coovadia | Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Annual UNCTAD Ecommerce Week

The UN Committee for Trade and Development held its annual Ecommerce Week from 1-5 April in Geneva. This coincided with the 22nd ratification of the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which means that the process can now go forward (22 countries was the threshold required for the Agreement to enter into force). South Africa has ratified.…

Africa and the Service Industries

By Shahrain Coovadia | Feb 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Africa and the Service Industries

The services industries in Africa are a major component of the Continent’s economy. In 2016, about 55% of Africa’s GDP was generated by services. The share of services in Africa’s trade reached 22% in 2016, following a steep increase and catching up process to the global average of 24%. But despite these figures, in 2017,…

Tear down barriers and African e-commerce will thrive, say CEOs

By James van der Hoven | Dec 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Tear down barriers and African e-commerce will thrive, say CEOs

Participants at UNCTAD’s Africa eCommerce Week discover that e-commerce will flourish only when governments and businesses across the continent work together. Read more here

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