Commercial opportunities available in priority Value Chains under AfCFTA

The Project at A Glance

The UK Government is lending its support to African countries in deepening intra-regional trade within the continent. It has supported the negotiation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and is further assisting the continent in the effective implementation of the Agreement.

In this framework, International Economics conducted a study on “Identifying concrete commercial opportunities available to UK businesses in priority value chains under AfCFTA” for the Department for International Trade (DIT).

What We Found

The UK and the African continent have a long and complex trade history, with the UK considered a significant trading and investment partner for several African countries. Trade and investment ties between the UK and Africa span in a range of sectors, including agriculture, energy, finance, and infrastructure, among many others.

Our team conducted a detailed study, through a combination of data analysis, literature review and stakeholder consultations, and explored 5 key value chains (that are: Automotive, Textile and Apparel, Pharmaceuticals, Horticulture, and Soybeans) in Africa, the challenges and opportunities within those sectors, and the potential for mutually beneficial cooperation between African countries and the UK in the context of the AfCFTA.

Our Strategy and Impact

The AfCFTA holds considerable opportunities for UK businesses seeking to expand their operations and access new markets, as consumer demand is expected to rise across all five sectors.

Based on the various opportunities and challenges that exist within these different value chains, the report included a series of practical recommendations on ways in which UK businesses can contribute to the development of these sectors in Africa as well as the ways in which the UK Government can support both UK businesses and African Parties in leveraging the opportunities that arise from the AfCFTA.

Our Core Solutions

As businesses seek to expand operations into new markets, the need to explore global supply chains and understand the international regulatory framework becomes crucial. At International Economics Consulting, we build tailor-made strategies for both import and export-oriented business solutions.

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