WSIS Prizes Contest 2019 Nominee



The East African Common Digital MarketPlace is a Single window access to all East African e-commerce services and a supply chain connected to this is the only solution to remedy this situation. A Common Digital Marketplace will allow businesses to expand their business potential thus increasing their cross-border sales, which shall contribute to the sustainable development and stability of the entire region.

This initiative is consisting of building a single entry for the e-commerce platforms operating in East African Community. It aims to interconnect East Africa e-commerce platforms, payment systems, logistic chain associated to e-commerce and regulators.

The purpose of this project is to bring together all regional e-commerce services providers, government policy makers and regulators to discuss the practicalities of the East African Common Digital Marketplace initiative in order to get them engaged and involved.

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Action lines related to this project
  • AL C1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development 2019
  • AL C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4. Capacity building
  • AL C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7. E-business
  • AL C11. International and regional cooperation
Sustainable development goals related to this project
  • Goal 1: No poverty
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
  • Goal 5: Gender equality
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

  • Africa



Start date

September 2018

End date

December 2019

Target beneficiary group(s)
  • Youth
  • Women
  • The unemployed
  • The poor
  • Remote and rural communities


This project will be replicable in all regions of Africa and especially in West Africa and elsewhere in developing countries


This project will enable effective regional integration. It will facilitate market access to rural communities, which will help to reduce purchasing costs and promote fair trade for the poor communities. It will contribute to job creation for young people.

WSIS values promotion

This project will contribute significantly to the promotion of ICT tools in the less connected areas. The Internet penetration rate and the use of web and mobile applications shall increase by at least 50% a year.

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Entity country—type

Burundi Private Sector

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KCB Bank, Impalapay, DHL, E-commerce Foundation, E-commerce Forum Africa, Burundi Chamber of Commerce, Burundi Government, etc.