In a world marked by constant change and evolution, the African continent stands on the brink of an exciting opportunity.
With its vast potential, #Africa has the capacity to emerge as a pivotal hub for high-tech manufacturing across various industries, including #automobiles, #smartphones, green energy, and #healthcare says UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2023.
The shifting tides of geopolitics and economics have prompted a re-evaluation of global manufacturing and supply chains. Today, stakeholders are driven to fortify and diversify these chains, seeking resilience in the face of #disruptions.
Africa’s rich natural resources, such as aluminum, cobalt, copper, lithium, and manganese, hold the key to unlocking a prominent role in the global supply chain. These essential materials are crucial for the production of high-tech and green products like smartphones and #solar panels.
Remarkably, the Democratic Republic of the #Congo alone boasts an astounding 46% of the world’s cobalt reserves, a vital ingredient in battery manufacturing. To put things into perspective, UNCTAD estimates that the production of an electric car demands approximately six times more #minerals than a conventional vehicle, underscoring the significance of these resources.
As the global drive towards clean and sustainable energy gains momentum, the demand for critical metals is poised to surge. This presents an exceptional opportunity for Africa to position itself as a major exporter of high-value goods. The ripple effects are profound: #economic growth, #job creation, heightened productivity, and improved wages.
However, seizing this momentous potential requires strategic action. African nations must enhance productivity by embracing #technology, securing favourable mining contracts, and obtaining exploration licenses. By doing so, local industries can flourish, empowering domestic firms to not only design, procure, and manufacture but also supply the essential components for technology-intensive products.
In this era of transformation, Africa stands ready to play a pivotal role in reshaping #global supply chains and high-tech manufacturing. The journey ahead promises growth, innovation, and prosperity.
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