News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 132 on 18 October 2002

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TOURISM SPECIAL: WILL IT BE AFRICA’S E-COMMERCE ‘KILLER APP’?

1 January 1970

For a number of obvious reasons, e-commerce has been slow to take off in Africa. Only South Africa is doing any appreciable volume of e-commerce. In this week’s tourism special, iVeri Payment Technology’s Barry Coetzee argues that tourism will be the market that has the potential to open all of Africa to e-commerce. In the second article Jean Bosco of Tanzania’s Tourism and Travel Options shows how e-business - bookings rather than transactions - can be generated if you get it right.   Tourism and e-commerce share many things in common. E-Commerce exists mostly on the internet which is just…