West Africa: Newly Launched e-Commerce Platform Seeks to Link SMEs to West African Market

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Nairobi — Small and Medium Enterprises in Africa are set to benefit from a newly launched E-commerce trading platform aimed at promoting intra-Africa trade.

Ancestral House Eastern Africa online trading platform which has its offices in Abuja, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya is aimed at enabling traders to access East and West African markets.

This new platform will offer services such as business matchmaking, market research, logistics, consumer trends, and behaviors.

Ose Imoukhuede, the chairman, of Ancestral House Eastern Africa said the firm is primarily aimed at boosting connectivity in Africa by encouraging export and imports from within.

“The biggest challenge most SMEs in the continent face is that they cannot easily export goods within the continent, but they can easily export and import goods from other continents despite the Intra Africa trade potential being over USD 1 billion annually,” he said.

Shreyas Patel, the partner, on his part, noted that the idea of establishing a trade house structure recognizes the dislocations in Africa which is mainly caused by lack of market information, cultural indifferences, and other trade barriers.

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“There are a number of challenges facing the SMEs sector in the continent ranging from lack of market information, inexperienced exporters/importers, poor logistics infrastructure, inefficient cross-border payment systems/infrastructure, cultural differences, gaps, trust deficit, and varied Competitive landscape. We want to be the one-stop solution for all these problems and enable them scale up their businesses.”