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2016 07 – EFA Mailer

UNCTAD Unveils Its “eTrade For All” Initiative

Nairobi, 18 July: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched its new initiative to help developing countries promote ecommerce.

“Equal access does not imply equal opportunities”

The Organization for Economic Development and Development (OECD) has just issued a new study of 40 countries on how young people use the internet and digital technology.

Another South African first: Exploring the idea of mobile cinema

The Cinema-in-a-backpack is a mobile, easy to use product which makes cinema accessible to all citizens and boosts the local and digital economy by enabling micro entrepreneurs to project films.

European Ecommerce Sector Report

On 18 March the EU Commission released the initial findings of its 2015 eCommerce Sector Inquiry, which are based on data collected from more than 1000 webshops across the EU.

Cyber Security: New EU Rules prepared.

A new EU law (“Directive”) on security of network and information systems (the NIS Directive) was adopted by the European Parliament on 6 July 2016. The Directive will enter into force in August 2016. Member States will have 21 months to transpose the Directive into their national laws and 6 months more to identify operators of essential services.

The Fibre to The Home Council Africa

EFA is delighted to announce that we have a cooperation agreement with the Fibre to The Home (FTTH) Council Africa. Their website is

And finally, for anyone interested…..

Call for tenders: Overview of the European Fintech sector — SMART 2016/0042. The European Commission published on 20/07/2016 a call for tenders for a study on the Fintech sector with a total price that cannot exceed 350 000 Euros. The objective of the contract is to understand better the fintech sector and its players and to evaluate its impact on the banking sector and financial services industry and its incumbent players.

This study will:

  • describe the key European players and their position in the global context, their innovative technology and business models and their potential impact on current regulation.
  • propose various scenarios for the future of the financial services industry and the role of fintech companies and of EU policymaking and regulation in that context.
  • identify specific issues to be solved in relation to digital single market, the Capital Markets Union, retail banking and other related EU policy initiatives.

EU Official Journal reference: 2016/S 138-249747.


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