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Africa Roundup: eBay expands, Google CEO visits Lagos, Ghana enters space

Africa Roundup: eBay expands, Google CEO visits Lagos,  Ghana enters space
From TechCrunch - September 8, 2017

eBay opened up its U.S. platform to Africa through its partnership with MallforAfrica.com. Americans can now buy products on eBay from select vendors in six African countries, starting with merchandise categories of fashion, art, jewelry, and clothing.

For the new program, MallforAfrica selects the sellers and handles payments on its proprietary platform. DHL is the shipping partner. Online shoppers can browse the entire collection on eBays Mall for Africa Store.

The new online channel expands an existing relationship between the two e-commerce companies. In 2016, they launched the eBay Powered by MallforAfrica platform allowing U.S. vendors to sell in Africa.

The program taps goods from merchants in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and Burundi. Well be adding more sellers and more countries, eBays Sylvie de Wever told TechCrunch in this feature.

Google launched new Africa initiatives, on the back of CEO Sundar Pichais recent Nigeria trip.

Whilevisiting Lagoshe announced the global internet services companys plans to train 10 million Africans in digital skills over the next 5 years. Alphabet will also increase its funding to African startups, provide $20 million in grants to digital non-profits, and offer modified versions of products (such as YouTube) in Africawhere internet users can face costlier data plans and slower download speeds than other Google markets.

A lot of what were doing is making it easier for the average person to take advantage of the web, Bunmi Banjo,Googles Growth Engine and Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa, told TechCrunch.

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