A draft report has been produced by a joint EU/AU task force (DEFT) chaired jointly by the Ghanaian Minister for Trade and the Deputy President of the African Development Bank. This report recognised that “eCommerce as the bloodstream of digital economy, both nationally, cross-border and between both continents.” And proposes four main action points:-
- Accelerating the achievement of universal access to affordable broadband.
- Guaranteeing essential skills for all, in education and Vocational Education and Training (VET), to enable citizens to thrive in the digital age.
- Improving the business environment and facilitating access to finance and business support services to boost digitally enabled entrepreneurship.
- Accelerating the adoption of eServices and the further development of the digital economy for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
EFA is preparing a response and has applied to join the Task Force.
The draft report is to be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/sites/futurium/files/draft_detf_report_for_consultation_20_may_v2.pdf