Dialogue on African Development and the Digital Economy
Dialogue on African Development and the Digital Economy

The scale, spread and speed of change brought about by digital technology is unprecedented, offering major opportunities as well as core challenges.

Africa is already tapping into the possibilities created by digitalization and the mobile revolution. At the same time, it is also the region that lags most behind in terms of the ability to engage in and benefit from e-commerce and the digital economy.

Recognizing this important inflection point, there is an urgent need to both gather and reflect on the insight, perspective and wisdom of key figures.

How can we ensure that the evolving digital economy brings inclusive development in Africa rather than wider inequalities and divides?

In the lead up to the first ever Africa eCommerce Week, we put this question to a range of leaders and experts in the areas of digital economy and economic and social development in Africa.  


Articles contributed to the dialogue
 Masoko: Our dream for powering Africa's e-commerce
Written by
Bob Collymore CEO, Safaricom plc
 Let's Fix the Basics!

Written by
Evid Araka Sibi, Managing Director, Value Chain Factory, Kenya
 The need for true and fair partnerships in Africa and Europe
Written by
Andrus Ansip European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market
 Phygital agriculture: The next step for Africa's transformation
Written by
Daniel Annerose, CEO and founder of Manobi
 Sim Shagaya, Founder and CEO of Konga.com (Nigeria)
Writen by
Sim Shagaya, Entrepreneur, Founder of Konga.com, Annona and Emotion (Nigeria)
 How do we ensure inclusive development from digitalization in Africa?
Written by
Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, and Emeritus Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London
 Juliet Anammah, CEO Jumia Nigeria
Written by
Juliet Anammah, CEO Jumia Nigeria
 Will new technologies really help developing economies?
Written by
Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
 Making Digital Development Work for Africa
Written by
Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

UNCTAD E-commerce Week 2018 
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