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Posts by Alastair Tempest

Women in Ecommerce

Each month we publish an interview by our Board member, Mpho Sekwele. This month we are publishing 6 points by the UNCTAD’s e-Trade for Women initiative to show how vital the role of women in ecommerce and what is needed to develop. “The very first necessary step to changing the ecommerce gender status quo is…

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MEST graduate Programme

African startups are increasingly getting accepted into accelerators and incubators around the world, opening them up to new markets which they would normally not have been able to access. There are now a number of programmes that are based on the Continent and specifically deal with African tech startups, which makes getting accepted for such…

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ITC Online Ecommerce Course

This course introduces SMEs to the importance of creating quality ecommerce content for their online initiatives, presenting them with useful guidelines for content creation, both for individual products as well as for companies as a whole. It begins by defining the meaning of quality ecommerce content and the benefits which content can bring to an…

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UNCTAD’s e-Trade for All “e-Residency” Programme. This offers the experience of Estonia to developing countries with e-learning on management in ecommerce and access to fintech services. The Programme is just celebrating its 5th anniversary. Learn more and apply to the e-Residency programme here

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What Will it Take to Open Nigeria’s Borders?

The federal government of Nigeria has announced 5 conditions that must be met for the reopening of its borders to neighbouring countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Some key areas that the conditions would address include the fact that Nigeria will not accept imported goods that were repackaged by neighbouring countries;…

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Less Visas Needed in Africa for Intra-African Travellers

Research released by the African Development Bank (AfDB) last month shows that Africans need visas to travel to 49% of other African countries. They could get visas on arrival in 26% of states and did not need visas in 25% of countries. Nigeria says it will give all African travellers visas on arrival from January,…

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African Education – The Trend is for Private Schools

The Business of Education in Africa report showed that 21% of children in African countries were being educated in the private sector. By 2021, this is expected to rise to one in four children. Over the next few years, $16 – $18 billion are needed in investment in the private education sector. While the monopoly…

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Jumia asks Travelstart to operate its Travel Services

SA travel tech company Travelstart (a founding member of EFSA) has entered into a distribution and commercial agreement with Jumia Travel to run the latter’s pan-African online travel booking portal. Under the agreement, which was announced recently, Travelstart will take control of the sales, fulfilment and customer service aspects of Jumia Travel online booking websites in all…

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Facebook’s Achievements Since Its Push into Africa

Facebook released its ‘2019 Year in Review’ infographic, showcasing just some of its investments across Sub-Saharan in 2019.  Committed to giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, throughout the year this translated into significant support and investments into growing the ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and many other communities.…

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eGovernment – Kenya and SA

The Kenyan Revenue Authority has recently adopted a cloud-based CRM solution to assist with citizen engagement. This is helping to change the perception around the cloud and the benefits of cloud-based solutions versus the risks involved. Cloud-based solutions have the potential to improve dramatically business and are actually cheaper in the long run than continuing…

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