Africa can Grow its e-commerce by Removing Heavy Tariffs on Online Transactions

A 2020 study was recently published by the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA) which illustrates how the Covid-19 pandemic has made e-commerce an inevitable means of doing business around the world. What this means for African countries is that if there is a better time to fling their borders open and soften regulations on electronic transactions, it is now.

Recently, some members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) proposed that customs duties be imposed on e-transactions across borders. This is bad policy; if implemented, it would not only hamper the increasingly flourishing e-commerce space, it would also destabilize global integration and widen the digital divide between countries. Africa, as well as other developing countries, would be at the suffering end of such policies….

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