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Can Africa create internet giants like Amazon or Alibaba?

Electronic commerce experts, politicians and technology entrepreneurs are meeting in Kenya this week to explore how Africa can develop online retail businesses. The E-Commerce Africa event in Nairobi is supported by the European Union and United Nations.

Shamika Sirimane, a director at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, tells the BBC's Russell Padmore how online retail is a lucrative business, which could benefit many economies.

(Image: School children in Nigeria surfing the internet. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.)

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