News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 102 on 22 March 2002

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AFRICAN E-COMMERCE SPECIAL: THE LONG LEAP FROM HYPE TO REALITY

22 March 2002

E-commerce has been seen as digital opportunity for Africa by a wide range of organisations. The reality has proved to be a little more intractable. In this African e-commerce special, three contributors seek to offer what little is already known about what exists and to identify how Africa can make the long leap forward from hype to reality. Russell Southwood looks at who might buy using e-commerce and at the potential cost base. Murieki Mureithi summarises what information there is in recent surveys and Barry Coetzee of eCompany argues for a regional approach to the structural issues.   E-commerce refers…