How Should Africa Engage in E-Commerce and the Digital Economy?

Volume
7,
Number
2
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14 March 2018
14 March 2018
The growth and diffusion of the Internet and digital technologies are profoundly transforming the global economy in a variety of ways. One of its most visible manifestations is the rapid expansion of e-commerce. According to estimates published by the website eMarketer, e-commerce retail sales are...
14 March 2018
Bridges Africa met with Alioune Sarr, the Senegalese Minister for Trade, Consumer Affairs, the Informal Sector, and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, to discuss e-commerce and related policy priorities for Senegal and Africa. E-commerce is radically transforming the global economy On a practical...
14 March 2018
Digital trade is rising in Africa and throughout the world. How can it be managed to deliver development outcomes? This article appraises the challenges and opportunities related to digital trade for African countries, as well as the scope for national and international solutions. When it comes to...
14 March 2018
The growth of the Internet can generate significant economic opportunities in Africa, in particular when it comes to e-commerce. What are the challenges hindering the development of African e-commerce, and how can the private sector reap the opportunities? After the dramatic take-off of mobile...
14 March 2018
Digital technologies and data flows are increasingly the subject of provisions in trade negotiations. How do African states position themselves in these discussions in order to expand their digital economies and support digital industrialisation? In this article, we discuss recent trends towards...
14 March 2018
Beyond its effect on incomes, trade can also have significant developmental impacts through its influence on the price, quantity, and quality of goods available within markets. How can African countries use trade policy to improve their population’s access to products that are important from a...
14 March 2018
Promoting Capability Enhancing Development – ICTSD – March 2018 The WTO's Eleventh Ministerial Conference did not deliver on special and differential treatment (S&DT). Partly, this is because the debate on S&DT and policy space rests on different views on the optimal nature and scope of...