Always at the forefront of new technologies and trending discussions, The VGC Group was present at the 2019 Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last November. 

The VGC Group Chief Marketing Officer, Naomi Jordan Cook, led and moderated the Summit’s eCommerce session. 

“eCommerce is a tool that helps drive economic development,” says Cook. “It provides a new revenue source for small to medium-sized businesses across the continent of Africa. Because of this, the opportunities in Africa are endless and everyone can benefit, especially our urban communities in the US.” 

VGC at 2019 Africa Fintech Summit

AFTS eCommerce Session Moderator Naomi Jordan Cook, Co-founder of The VGC Group
VGC Leads eCommerce Panel at 2019 Africa Fintech Summit
Cook (center), with Da’Cruz (2nd from left) and the AFTS eCommerce panelists

 

Chief Operating Officer W.E. Da’Cruz, on the other hand, was part of the eCommerce panel together with the following distinguished panelists: Abiy Selassie, Founder & CEO, Addis Mercato; Omosalewa Adeyemi, Head of Global Partnerships and Expansion, Flutterwave; Endashaw Tesfaye, Executive Director, MOSS ICT.

VGC Leads eCommerce Panel at 2019 Africa Fintech Summit
 Da’Cruz speaking at the Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS) eCommerce Panel

“Various stakeholders in Africa are still trying to figure out how to navigate through the digital transformation and the digital economy that is taking place right before our eyes; this is where we bring value, specializing in eCommerce,” notes Da’Cruz. Da’Cruz shared about how The VGC Group engaged with Amazon, Google, and the U.S. Department of State to open doors for African businesses.

Prior to the Summit, The VGC Group engaged with various African businesses in Ethiopia and across Africa for its new eCommerce venture, Aftown Mall. Aftown Mall is a digital incubator designed to position, promote, and make African-based products profitable in the global marketplace. It allows global consumers to have access to uniquely designed and high-quality products made in Africa.

VGC Leads eCommerce Panel at 2019 Africa Fintech Summit

 The VGC Group introduces Aftown Mall to the audience. 

“Through the Aftown Mall platform, we can help stimulate the economy of African countries and encourage trade both inside and outside the continent,” explains Da’Cruz. “We’ve figured out a unique way to connect African-businesses with the human capital on the US side to support with market analysis and marketing campaigns. This is a priority need for SMEs to thrive.”

The AFTS eCommerce Session was a success thanks to the efforts of The VGC Group and all the participating panelists. 

 

Aftown Mall is currently seeking African-based businesses to participate in the pilot. For more information about Aftown Mall, visit aftownmall.com. For inquiries contact shop@aftownmall.com or call (888) 653-4528.