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Nigeria Digital Trade Dialogue

Nigeria, Virtual

Ringier One Africa Media, Jobberman, American Business Council of Nigeria

The eTrade Alliance, along with Ringier One Africa Media, Jobberman, and the American Business Council of Nigeria co-hosted a Digital Trade Dialogue on June 30th, 2021, focused on promoting Nigerian micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises’ (MSMEs) use of cross-border ecommerce, with Nigerian policymakers and local and international private sector leaders contributing their perspective and expertise.

This event sought to support the engagement of Nigerian MSMEs, especially women-led and rural MSMEs, in domestic and cross-border ecommerce, by catalyzing discussions on:


  • Challenges to Nigerian MSMEs to use ecommerce and cross-border ecommerce;


  • Policy and technology solutions to these challenges; and

  • Pilot program ideas and policy initiatives to operationalize solutions to promote MSME ecommerce, including through the eTrade Alliance’s work, at local, national, and regional levels.


Opening Remarks (15 minutes):


  • His Excellency Honorable Niyi Adebayo, Minister, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment

  • His Excellency Honorable Isa Ali Pantami, Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

  • Colin Dreizin, Director of the USAID’s Office of Economic Growth and Environment in Nigeria

  • Margaret Olele, CEO/ES of the American Business Council

  • Clemens Weitz, CEO, ROAM


Setting the stage:


Introduction to the eTrade Alliance’s work, and opportunities and challenges to enable MSME ecommerce in Nigeria in support of economic recovery (10 minutes)


  • Kati Suominen, Founder and CEO, Nextrade Group; Technical Director, eTrade Alliance

  • Massimiliano Spalazzi, CEO, Jumia Nigeria



Breakout discussions on policy and technology solutions and pilot ideas:


Breakout Panel 1: MSMEs’ access to secure cross-border payments and fast-disbursing working capital (60 minutes)


  • Musa Itopa Jimoh, Director of Payments, Central Bank of Nigeria

  • Ashley Immanuel, Head of Programs, Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access

  • Oluwakemi Okusanya, Country Manager, Visa

  • Chris Folayan, CEO, Mall for Africa

  • Chijioke Dozie, CEO, Carbon

  • Moderator: Betre Gizaw, Head of Legal and Regulatory, Paystack

Breakout Panel 2: Ecommerce logistics, last-mile delivery, and trade facilitation, including through open APIs, blockchain, and digital addresses (60 minutes)


  • Jason Blackman, Senior Director, Customs, Trade Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, DHL Express

  • Jacqueline Rajuai, Geo Program Manager, Google Plus Codes

  • Romain Poirot-Lellig, Founder & CEO, Africa Delivery Technologies and Kwik

  • Olaremi Martins, Founder & CEO, Natural Girl Wigs

  • Teniola Tayo-Olugbode, CEO, Tamak Logistics

  • Moderator and speaker: Amgad Shehata, Senior Vice Present, International Public Affairs and Strategy, UPS


Breakout Panel 3: Building MSME capacity and workforce skills for the digital economy, including through scalable skills assessments and online training programs (60 minutes)


  • Evelyn Obidike, Director Trade Information Department, Nigerian Export Promotion Council

  • Clemens Weitz, CEO, Ringier One Africa Media (ROAM)

  • Mamadou Biteye, Vice-President, Inclusive Growth, Global Social Impact

  • Erica Libertelli, Executive Director, eCommerce Institute

  • Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi, Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)

  • Moderator: Rolake Rosiji, CEO, Jobberman Nigeria


Breakout Panel 4: Digital trade policies for MSME ecommerce: business and policy perspectives and global best practices (60 minutes)

  • Charles Murito, Director, Sub Saharan Africa, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google

  • Serge Ntamack, Government Affairs Director, Microsoft

  • Barbara Kostchwar, Executive Director, Visa Economic Empowerment Institute

  • Olubunmi Osuntuyi, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria

  • Moderator: Kati Suominen, Founder and CEO, Nextrade Group


Moderators report back (15 minutes)


Open dialogue and reflections on next steps (15 minutes)

Virtual Event
June 30th, 2021
Bring together policymakers, regulators, and leading technology companies to discuss policy and technology solutions to Nigerian MSME pain points in ecommerce, and together develop ideas for new pilots and solutions
Policymakers, regulators, leading technology and ecommerce ecosystem companies
Ringier One Africa Media, Jobberman, American Business Council of Nigeria
Target Audience
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