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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

IFC Launches its DigiLab Programme in the Middle East and Africa to Help Financial Institutions Improve Digital Services

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

DigiLab Finance is a capacity building programme that equips selected financial institutions – including banks, microfinance institutions and digital financial services providers – with practical knowledge and tools to help…

Competition Announced in This Newsletter’s “Opportunity and Publications” Section Announces Winners

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

Nine African tech Startups are among the 117 chosen so far for the Silicon Valley-based Y Combinator accelerator. All winners will receive US$125,000 each in seed funding as well as…

Training in the Digital Economy

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

The Google for Startups Accelerator is a 3-month online programme that includes 3 intensive virtual training boot camps, mentorship, and Google product support. For the second year in a row,…

Africa is poised for a data centre boom as internet penetration rates rise and the continent begins to play catch-up with other regions

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

According to Standard Bank, Africa accounts for less than 1% of the world’s co-location data centre supply, with SA accounting for the bulk of the continent’s capacity. Co-location facilities rent…

New Telecoms Link Planned from the Atlantic Ocean through the Congo Rainforest to East Africa, And Telcos Attract Investment

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

UK-based Liquid Intelligent Technologies and US social media giant Facebook are to collaborate on an extensive long-haul and metro fibre network in the DRC, which they say could improve internet…

Mobile Connections – Are we getting Our Money’s Worth in Africa?

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

No – according to a new report by Speedcheck, the high prices that people in Africa pay for the internet are rarely matched by the connection speeds. Speedcheck, a website…

GS1 Discusses Protecting Goods with Amazon

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

EFSA sits on the GS1 Council for Southern Africa which is hosted by the Consumer Goods Council. GS1 is the system of QR codes and Bar codes which guarantee the…

Women Still Doing Worse in the Online Environment, But There’s Hope

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

Last year this Newsletter reported on the lack of investment in Women-owned digital economy companies in Africa.  The African ecommerce market could benefit by around $14.5 billion if the number…

SMEs’ Confidence in Sub-Saharan Africa is on the Rise

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

The inaugural Middle East and Africa (MEA) SME Confidence Index found 74% of SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa are optimistic about the next 12 months; 68% of SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa…

News From Africa

By Alastair Tempest | Jul 11, 2021 |

Robberies Of and From Delivery Vehicles Increasing in SA ITWeb has carried a story on the worsening spate of robberies targeting delivery courier vans and scooters. The article ( points…