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African digital economy faces uneven outlook

Friday, May 14, 2021

Significance

This is attributable to relatively low internet penetration, the limited number of digital platforms and e-commerce businesses, and low investment and digital skills levels. These factors loom over Africa’s future digital economy and its ability to employ the regional workforce.

Impacts

  • Government investment in expanding telecoms infrastructure and increasing digital skills is key.
  • Modest growth in the digital economy will help the continent to recover from pandemic-linked downturns.
  • Given existing gender disparities in internet use, the growth of the digital economy will deepen rather than reduce gender gaps.

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