A new analysis 'Africa Gearing Up: Future prospects in Africa for the transportation and logistics industry' has been released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), with the following joint introduction by Klaus-Dieter Ruske, Global Leader Transportation & Logistics, and Peter Kauschke, Director Transportation & Logistics.
"More than a billion people, 54 countries, a continent bigger than the USA, Europe, China and India combined. Yet Africa is barely present on the map of world trade. The continent still isn’t a major source of exports and its consumer markets are tiny in comparison to Asia, Europe or the Americas, despite its enormous size. So Africa seems relatively unimportant for the transportation and logistics industry. Or is it?
There’s no doubt that Africa faces huge challenges – arguably bigger than any other region. Recent news about growing flows of refugees from Africa to neighbouring continents shows us quite plainly how desperate living conditions are for many in their African homeland. Not surprisingly, for many the phrase African logistics currently brings to mind humanitarian logistics.
But the situation is changing fast. African logistics stands for much more – namely the chance to build tomorrow’s markets. And while tomorrow is still uncertain, logistics strategists can’t afford to ignore the African market of the future. And the global transportation and logistics industry can play a vital role in Africa’s efforts to gear up – building its infrastructure, enabling supply chains and distribution networks, providing mobility – and ultimately helping create jobs for its people.
In this report, we focus our discussion on ten selected economies on the African continent. We shed light on their demographic and economic situation, the frameworks in each country for trade and business and their transport infrastructure. We’re hoping that our assessments will help you better analyse these important future markets and understand both relevant market risks and key opportunities."
The full report is available for download at: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/transportation-logistics/publications/africa-infrastructure-investment/index.jhtml