NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will next week host the first UN Conference
on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Africa E-commerce Week to help
spur e-commerce growth, organizers said on Tuesday.
UNCTAD said the Dec.
10-14 event will be jointly organized with the African Union and
the European Union, and implemented in collaboration with
partners of the eTrade for All initiative.
“We are at critical
juncture—and that it is why UNCTAD decided to have a meeting in
Africa, for Africa and by Africa, focused on harnessing the
potential of digitalization and the mobile revolution,” said
UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi ahead of the meeting.
Under the theme
“Empowering African Economies in the Digital Era”, the Africa
eCommerce Week will examine ways to enhance the ability of
African countries to engage in and benefit from e-commerce and
the evolving digital economy.
According to UNCTAD,
the event will bring together ministers, other senior government
representatives, the private sector, civil society and
international organizations for a week-long dialogue to identify
innovative ways for shaping the African digital economy.
UNCTAD said the
agreement on establishing the African Continental Free Trade
Area, signed in March, is expected to have a positive impact on
intra-African trade amid a growing need to discuss the
implications of e-commerce for African economies.
Africa already had
21 million online shoppers in 2017, showing the enormous
potential of the African e-commerce marketplace, according to
tremendous opportunity into inclusive development requires a
massive effort on the part of all of us—in Africa and beyond,”