Although e-commerce has been looked at in a positive light, it is yet to establish itself firmly in the sub-Saharan Africa. Many sub-Saharan Africa countries are still struggling with poverty and many other embedded socio-economic ills. As such access to the Internet in the sub-Saharan Africa ranges from stagnant to impressive across individual countries. Just like many other developing regions, the sub-Saharan Africa continues to experience several setbacks including poor infrastructure, exorbitant costs of net-surfing and ICT hardware, lack of requisite expertise, security concerns and accessibility to the Internet. As would be expected, the costs for procuring computers in the sub-Saharan Africa are relatively high—so much so that not many entrepreneurs and households own them. The situation is likely to persist for some time until enterprises are able to satisfy their information needs. Financial constraints are still hindering the greater use of ICT by small enterprises.
The benefits of e-commerce for micro-enterprises, tourism and health provide a tantalizing goal for many situations in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the situation for establishment of e-commerce is inequitable across the region and in fact could widen the existing substantial socio-economic divide. Hence, there is a need to examine ways to give many in sub-Saharan Africa access to any potential benefits that may be available to increase opportunities for increasing self-reliance.
SIHL carries out intentional, strategic engagement with relevant stakeholders in the E-commerce Industry for business sourcing, business development and business activation on behalf of our partners who are looking for new markets in Sub-Sahara – Africa.
What we offer:
- For E-commerce international companies seeking to expand their Sub-Sahara market, we seek projects from financial institutions, retail, insurance, healthcare, Telco’s, schools, Government and private organizations.
- Identify re-sellers for e-commerce products and services across different market territories in Sub-Sahara market.
- Pin down potential & trustworthy partners.
- Scout for direct consumers.
- Facilitate market entry and expansion in the region.