Bolloré Logistics participated in the second Digital Africa conference, held on October 13th, 2016, at the Dapper museum in Paris. The conference brought together over 300 participants, giving them the opportunity to discuss a range of themes during various panels, which were hosted by key players from the African digital sector.
Several experts discussed the leading African innovations in terms of e-governance, especially in Ivory Coast and Kenya, as well as digital developments from players in the banking and telecom sectors, particularly at Orange, MTN and Société Générale. Digital technology plays a key role in the end-customer’s access to banking services and, at the same time, provides a formal trail of these otherwise invisible flows.
Mr. Edouard de Vergeron, who is currently CTO at Bolloré Logistics and former CEO of Bolloré Logistics Africa, was invited to discuss the development of e-commerce in Africa and was able to demonstrate the importance of efficient physical logistics to support the fast growth of digital on the continent. E-merchants’ operating models are developing quickly, particularly with regard to the customs barrier and the final customer pre-paying the customs duties on imported products. Bolloré Logistics is able to provide its customers with end-to-end logistics solutions in this area, particularly for landlocked African countries, which include the payment of customs duties. Bolloré Logistics is also able to offer rural distribution solutions in the 46 African countries where the Group operates.
The panelists concluded on the complementary nature of their respective offers for the African continent where digitization is becoming as elsewhere a key issue.