Workshop Explores AfCFTA Digital Protocol, Impacts on E-Commerce

Addis Ababa: workshop on exploring the intricacies of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Digital Trade Protocol (AfCFTA Digital Protocol) and its impact on e-commerce in Africa was held in Addis Ababa today.

The workshop on Annexes to the Digital Trade Protocol and eCommerce was conducted against the backdrop of the recently adopted AfCFTA Digital Protocol by the 37th African Union Heads of States Summit in February 2024.

In his opening remark, Innovation and Technology State Minister Yishrun Alemayehu emphasized the workshop’s crucial role in fostering knowledge exchange, collaboration, and strategic discussions.

He added that the ministry is committed to supporting the ICT sector that benefits from the AfCFTA by creating conducive environment.

According to him, the workshop was expected to serve as a platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration and strategic dialogue.

Participants were expected to explore strategies for fostering a thriving online marketplace environment and facilitating
seamless cross-border transactions, it was learned.

It was also anticipated to go beyond the AfCFTA Digital Protocol by delving into the complexities of domestic and cross-border e-commerce in Africa,

Yishrun further emphasized the need for action, urging participants to engage in open dialogue, share expertise, and contribute to this critical effort.

By harnessing the power of digital trade, African nations can drive economic prosperity and create a more inclusive future for all.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency