Stanchart projects $1tn Africa exports by 2035

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The Standard Chartered Bank has projected that Africa’s total exports would reach $1 trillion by 2035, with a potential 29 per cent increase after the full implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

This was revealed at the launch of a comprehensive report on the AfCFTA to empower businesses and stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunities under the agreement.

Dubbed “Future of Trade, Africa” – the report highlights the outlook for African trade and provides a view of AfCFTA as a key proponent of optimising intra-African trade.

At the bank’s first business forum for 2024 in Accra last Tuesday, the Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC, Mansa Nettey, stated that the report was designed based on in-depth research, a survey of business leaders across the continent, expert analyses on key policies and major opportunities.

She said the report sought to establish a clear perspective on how to enable African economies to develop a solid manufacturing sector, while avoiding the commodity trap through value chain formation and value addition for the local, regional and global export markets.

She said the new report was a good reference because it laid out key recommendations for navigating the challenges associated with the single market initiative.

Report highlight

Touching on the highlight of the report, Mrs Nettey noted that by 2035 total African exports would reach $1 trillion, but a well implemented AfCFTA could boost the figure by 29 percent.

She said rising regional trade levels and greater connectivity would unlock high growth corridors across Africa and beyond.

Intra-African exports, which were forecast to reach $140 billion in 2035, could be boosted by an additional 81 per cent as a result of AfCFTA.

“Rising regional trade levels and greater connectivity would unlock high growth corridors on the continent with intra East Africa growing by 15.1 per cent; intra West Africa increasing by 13.2 per cent, and Central Africa rising by 12.9 per cent.



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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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