One of the youngest technology events of Egypt, the E-Commerce Summit is set to host its second edition (2019) under the theme ‘Breaking Barriers’ next week in Cairo. The event that is organized by one of the leading tech agencies of Egypt, Robusta, will take place on Tuesday, 17th of September at Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo.
The summit that was launched with its first edition taking place last year according to a statement by Robusta, will create an open dialogue between different stakeholders of the ecommerce industry including government officials, local and international companies, and entrepreneurs and founders.
E-Commerce Summit is hoping to offer a dynamic platform to all these stakeholders to showcase the latest developments and technologies in e-commerce, identify and discuss the challenges and offer more investment opportunities to strengthen the industry in the region.
Hussein Mohieldin, Managing Director of Robusta, who is also leading the E-Commerce Summit, in a statement, said, “Following the unparalleled success of last year’s edition, the summit is raising the bar this year, especially in light of the e-commerce sector’s rapid development, the emergence of promising investment opportunities and the government’s efforts in regulating the market to
support the digital economy.”
A lot of things in the Egyptian and regional ecommece have changed since the last edition of E-Commece Summit took place. Noon, one of the leading ecommerce players of the region has expanded to Egypt. Careem has been acquired by Uber (the deal is yet to close though), Jumia has become the first African startup to launch a US IPO and leading Egyptian fintech company Fawry has gone public with its shares soaring almost 60 percent, taking its market cap to $440 million within a month of its EGX debut. So, the participants will have a lot more to talk about at this edition of the event.
E-Commerce Summit will feature talks, sessions, and masterclasses by over 80 speakers. Some of the notable speakers taking part in this year’s edition of E-Commerce Summit include Fawry’s CEO Ashraf Sabry, Uber’s GM for Middle East Abdellatif Waked, Endure Capital’s Tarek Fahim, Endeavor Egypt’s Chairman Ayman Ismail, OLX Egypt’s Country Manager for Egypt Dina Goubran, and SAP Egypt’s Managing Director Hoda Mansour.
The event will also feature a marketplace allowing startups and companies to exhibit their offerings and E-Commerce Awards to celebrate the achievements of retailers, agencies, marketplaces & service providers in 9 categories.
The tickets of the events are priced at EGP 1,600 (about USD 100) for access to content stages and exhibition. The ticket for any of the masterclasses has to be purchased separately and costs EGP 3,500 (~USD 215) which to be honest is on the expensive side of things.
(Full disclosure: Robusta worked on one of MENAbytes’ projects trackMENA)
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