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Posts by Shahrain Coovadia

The Women in Ecommerce Interview

The Chair of EFA’s Women in Ecommerce Committee, Mpho Sekwele, continues her series of interviews with key women in the ecommerce and digital economy space. This month she interviews Ngwanamatloa Matloa of abottech.co.za. Please note, you can also catch up with Mpho’s interviews on our Website (www.ecomafrica.org) or in our Facebook (www.facebook.co,/ecommerceforumafrica/posts) or LinkedIn pages. 1.…

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Restricting the ‘Net

There has been a marked rise in recorded Internet shutdowns globally, but the increase in officially sanctioned disruptions in Africa so far this year are noteworthy. Take the 2 shutdowns that affected Ethiopia recently – first authorities restricted social media platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram and disabled SMS text messaging in order to deter cheating…

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Why we need better research on ecommerce in Africa

One deliverable from the annual Ecommerce Weeks held by UNCTAD each year is that countries should provide stats on ecommerce activities in their countries. This is still not happening and we are left with very little idea of how ecommerce is developing outside a few big markets like SA and Kenya. It was interesting to…

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E-Platforms – the new “must have”.

Standard Bank has introduced SimplyBlu this month, a digital solution that aims to help SMEs set up and manage an online store and accept card payments securely. SAPO has also announced that it plans to launch its e-platform this year – obviously e-platforms are all the rage in 2019. The International Trade Centre (a joint venture between…

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Other transport news

In South Africa MyBroadband’s recent ecommerce survey revealed that 80% of online shoppers do not trust the SA Post Office (SAPO) to deliver online shopping parcels. The survey was completed by 2,161 South Africa consumers – providing a good overview of the local online shopping market. Results show that 85% of online shoppers prefer to…

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2019 Report on Investment Attractiveness Rankings for Africa, and the new Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility is launched

Rand Merchant Bank has released the eighth edition of its “Where to invest in Africa” report, which analyzes 53 African economies according to their investment attractiveness. The theme of this year’s report is infrastructure, one of the most important aspects of doing business on the continent. As the Report points out, The ten most attractive countries…

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Rules of Origin, the AfCFTA and “Made in Africa”

One of the key issues which will need to be tackled very soon by the African Union and its 55 Member States are rules of origin. This is also key for ecommerce even today when selling cross-borders. The question becomes – are you selling goods that are 100% locally made, or reselling goods you have…

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Breaking News – Nigeria decides to sign the AfCFTA

President Buhari resolved to sign in the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) last weekend. He will sign the agreement at the 12th Extraordinary Summit of African Union to hold July 4 to July 8 in Niamey, Niger Republic. According to him, his resolve to sign the treaty comes after an extensive…

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Is the AfCFTA becoming unraveled? Nigeria plays the bad boy.

Last month this Newsletter celebrated that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was launched on 30 May with 52 signatories – only Nigeria, Benin and Eritrea had not signed. The celebration will take place in the capital of Niger, Niamey, on 4-8 July. However, reports have recently surfaced that Nigeria is still not prepared to…

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