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June 16, 2021

The Case for Designing Inclusive Platforms in Emerging Markets – the $300 billion opportunity

The rapid digital transformation underway in many emerging markets has the potential to have an equally transformative impact for entrepreneurs. However, critical gaps in access to the internet and mobile phones can limit the ability to work in tech-enabled jobs or to compete as entrepreneurs. This event draws on recent IFC research on the rise of e-commerce in Africa and Southeast Asia and opportunities for further growth by exploring more inclusive practices. It will cover two key topics:

  • E-commerce for development, highlighting how this rapidly growing sector opens a pathway for digital entrepreneurs in Africa and South East Asia;
  • E-commerce and gender equality, highlighting new research from IFC that leverages company data to show for the first time how women are participating on e-commerce platforms - and how companies can add billions of dollars to regional market value by investing in women entrepreneurs.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from IFC’s Managing Director, Makhtar Diop, Lazada’s Group CEO, Chun Li and Jumia’s Group Chairwoman and Head of Institutional Affairs, Juliet Anammah as well as from a high level panel including the CEO of CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), Greta Bull, the Global CEO of Kantar Public, Michelle Harrison, and two successful women entrepreneurs Evan Marie Arellano, seller on Lazada Philippines and Adejumoke Olutayo, seller on Jumia Nigeria. Lightning Talk: Alexa Roscoe, Disruptive Technologies Lead, IFC. Closing Remarks by Cécile Billaux, Head of Private Sector and Trade Unit, European Commission. The event will be moderated by journalist Femi Oke.

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Speakers

Makhtar Diop, Managing Director, IFC

Managing Director, IFC

Juliet Anammah, Chairwoman, Jumia Nigeria and Head of Institutional Affairs, Jumia Group

Chairwoman, Jumia Nigeria and Head of Institutional Affairs, Jumia Group

Chun Li, Group CEO, Lazada and CEO of Lazada Indonesia

Group CEO, Lazada and CEO of Lazada Indonesia

Alexa Roscoe, Disruptive Technologies Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Disruptive Technologies Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor

Michelle Harrison, Global CEO, Kantar Public

Global CEO, Kantar Public

Evan Marie Arellano, Lazada entrepreneur and founder of Sundals Philippines

Lazada entrepreneur and founder of Sundals Philippines

Cecile Billaux, Head of Private Sector and Trade Unit, European Commission

Head of Private Sector and Trade Unit, European Commission

Adejumoke Olutayo, Jumia entrepreneur and founder of Deeski Nigeria

Jumia entrepreneur and founder of Deeski Nigeria

Moderator

International Journalist

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