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Could the EU’s new payments rules mean changes for ecommerce payments systems in the SA?

June 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Could the EU’s new payments rules mean changes for ecommerce payments systems in the SA?

The EU’s Payments Services Directive 2 (PSD2) was approved by the EU in November 2015. The overall goal of the PSD2 is to increase competition, security and facilitate future innovations. Member States now have until June 2018 to implement the Directive into national legislation. As part of the implementation, the European Banking Authority (EBA) was tasked to…

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EFA Attends Government’s Road Show on ICT Strategies

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on EFA Attends Government’s Road Show on ICT Strategies

The Department of Telecoms and Postal Services (DTPS) issued a draft national e-strategy, e-government, and ICT SMME Support Strategy on 31 March (see http://www.gov.za/documents/electronic-communications-and-transactions-act-national-e-government-strategy-and-roadmap), and has started a series of Roadshows with a two-day meeting in Gauteng on 8-9 May. Our Co-Chair, Dylan Piatti, attended the first day which concentrated on the e-strategy and also…

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The Cost of Data in SA

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on The Cost of Data in SA

One of the problems raised in the DTPS Support Strategy (see above) was the cost of data for both business and the consumer. The DTPS’s controversial White Paper on ICT (not to be confused with the Support Strategy) calls for the introduction of much more competition and the capping of the percentage of broadband access…

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Restriction of Internet Access in Africa

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Restriction of Internet Access in Africa

The Africa Network Information Centre (AFRINC), which manages and allocates much of the registration of internet addresses in Africa, intends to debate a resolution to refuse internet addresses to countries which restrict internet access. This resolution is due before the AFRINC’s annual meeting on 29 May – 2 June in Kenya. AFRINC points out that…

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The African Union encouraged to do more on the digital economy

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on The African Union encouraged to do more on the digital economy

Mr. Moussa Mahamat, who replaced Mrs. Diamini Zuma as chair of the AU recently, has been called upon to look at the “on-demand” economy. Entrepreneurs that utilize technology to fulfill needs within the economy are replacing governments in Africa as the drivers of economic success. New tech start-ups, particularly the developers of Apps, are now…

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News from India

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on News from India

There are moves to create an association for ecommerce in India and EFA has been asked for its advice. Our Co-Chair, Dr. Adheesh Budree, and one of our Board members, Luisa Mazinter, have both been building strong contacts with key players in the Indian digital economy. It is estimated that one in three Indians now…

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News from Europe – Smartphone Trends

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on News from Europe – Smartphone Trends

A recent GfK study on the future of the European Digital Economy, unveiled last month in Portugal, shows that the smartphone will dominate the European market in the coming years. GfK believes that mobile payment systems, particularly Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, and add-on devices will disrupt the retail trade in the next few years;…

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News from the European Union

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on News from the European Union

The European Commission continues its heavy workload on the digital economy by publishing a list of recommendations and standards on digitalization. These encourage its 27 member states (excluding the UK) to invest in research, technical devices, and ICT-related SMME start-ups. Funding should be made available, the EC recommends. In another initiative, the EC has published…

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Mastercard trials its biometric shopping card in SA

June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Mastercard trials its biometric shopping card in SA

Mastercard has announced that it has started to trial its biometric credit/debit card based on finger prints in the SA. Pick n Pay staff have been provided with new cards for this global trial. ABSA is also looking at rolling out a trial with Mastercard. The question is will this new card technology benefit ecommerce?

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Launch of the Ecommerce Forum Africa (EFA)

November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Major players in ecommerce launched the new Ecommerce Forum Africa (EFA) on 12 November in Johannesburg and 13 November in Cape Town. The mission of the EFA is to drive sustainable, profitable and reputable growth of the ecommerce business in Africa. Mr Nic Robertson, Chairman of the EFA and Head of Strategy and New Business…

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