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Monday, March 1, 2004

Partners: Development Gateway and eShopAfrica.com

Cordelia Salter, founder and webmaster of eShopAfrica.com was invited by the World Bank's Development Gateway to take part in a workshop held in Tanzania. The Tanzania Country Gateway who was hosting the event was focussing on the use of ICTs to promote SME development.

In a live video conference link between Rome, Washington and Dar El Salem, participants in the workshop in Tanzania listened first to a presentation on e-business by James Hanna of the World Bank's Private Sector Development Cluster for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

Following this Cordelia talked about the challenges and successes eShopAfrica has had in setting up an African based ecommerce web site. Practical issues such as credit card processing, fraud, shipping, customs and marketing were discussed. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.