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Selling into Africa

DHL has unveiled an ecommerce app designed to enable global retailers sell goods to African buyers. Called DHL Africa eShop, the logistics giant says the platform “provides convenience, speed, and access to connect African consumers with exciting brands.” DHL Africa eShop is already available to over 200 retailers in both the US and the UK…

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Investing in African Start-ups

Partech Africa’s 2018 annual report says African tech startups raised US$1.163bn in 2018. The report’s data, from 146 African startups covering equity deals in 164 rounds shows a +108% growth year on year, compared to +33% in 2016 and +53% in 2017. Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa received 78% of the total funding with Egypt…

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Annual UNCTAD Ecommerce Week

The UN Committee for Trade and Development held its annual Ecommerce Week from 1-5 April in Geneva. This coincided with the 22nd ratification of the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which means that the process can now go forward (22 countries was the threshold required for the Agreement to enter into force). South Africa has ratified.…

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Africa and the Service Industries

The services industries in Africa are a major component of the Continent’s economy. In 2016, about 55% of Africa’s GDP was generated by services. The share of services in Africa’s trade reached 22% in 2016, following a steep increase and catching up process to the global average of 24%. But despite these figures, in 2017,…

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