A new research by The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA. claims about 80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030.
This means that the digital commerce sector has the potential of disrupting the future of work on the continent. Digital commerce is an emerging sector across Africa. By 2030, more than 10 percent of its largely informal workforce will be using digital platforms.
These workers will participate in digital commerce as consumers and, with a supportive policy environment, or they may also become a new group of workers called iWorkers.
These digitally connected young people who are entering the workforce will generate income in the ‘gig economy’, through direct employment with large platforms such as Amazon and Alibaba, and through small enterprises, eventually leading to more formalized work.
Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa goes on to say that governments in Africa can immediately adopt three approaches to future-proof themselves and African youth for the various scenarios associated with the undeniable emergence of digital commerce.
Key among them gathering better data on digital commerce and employment monitoring evolving trends and promoting a wider understanding by policymakers of the issues of digital commerce and prioritizing the development of digital commerce skills in digital customer relationship management and marketing.