Vincent Routhier, associé/partner, DS Avocats/Lawyers Canada LLP, Vice-Chair, Customs and International Trade Law Practice Group/Département Commerce International et Douanes
M-commerce, bank payments via mobile phone, telemedicine, digitalization of visa procedures, recruitment via social networks, use of drones for the delivery of goods, etc. Africa is developing rapidly due to the digitalization of countries' economic, social and state activities. All data will be digitalized over time. Issues concerning cloud computing and big data will also arise.
The aim of the workshop organized by the AFPRN, in collaboration with the OIF, is to examine the e-commerce regulations in African countries, discuss the relevant objectives and challenges, and consider the appropriateness of the current regulations (national and regional) (e.g. Organization for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)) in view of the challenges posed by e-commerce (including data), in order to propose legal tools that can be used by African countries and the WTO.