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A Single Digital Market for East Africa : Presenting Vision, Strategic Framework, Implementation Roadmap, and Impact Assessment (English)

This report was prepared by the World Bank in partnership with Analysys Mason Limited, supported by a generous grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). The report outlines the impetus for creating a single digital market (SDM) in East Africa, which would drive deeper integration and spur increased dynamism of the digital economies of six East African countries: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The content of this report has greatly benefited from comprehensive regional stakeholder consultation with the governments of the six countries, as well as the private sector, civil society organizations, development partners, and academia. Multi-stakeholder workshops took place in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda between April and May 2017. The research team has also gathered inputs through a series of bilateral meetings and a qualitative online survey. These consultations, along with desk research, have helped shape a joint vision and strategic framework for the SDM presented in this report, including an assessment of the state of existing markets.


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    A Single Digital Market for East Africa : Presenting Vision, Strategic Framework, Implementation Roadmap, and Impact Assessment

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A Single Digital Market for East Africa : Presenting Vision, Strategic Framework, Implementation Roadmap, and Impact Assessment (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.