Summary of Cultivating Sources

Africa’s Chaging Role in Global Supply Chains

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Many companies see low labor costs and ample natural resources as opportunities to develop supply chain capabilities in Africa.


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As this illuminating report from the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals, Africa holds a number of drawing cards as a supply chain hub, including ample raw materials, cheap labor costs and relative proximity to Europe. More and more, Africa’s national governments are laying out the welcome mat of incentives for companies, while the continent’s small but growing middle-class consumer base should spur increased local demand. getAbstract recommends this timely study on a growing region to operations executives contemplating a move into Africa.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Africa is a growing supply chain destination,
  • What challenges companies face in establishing operations in Africa, and
  • How firms are overcoming these problems and gaining a foothold in this growing region.


With a growing middle class, improving infrastructure, plentiful natural resources and labor costs in some areas a fraction of those in China, Africa is an attractive destination for manufacturing and services. Though the continent still presents political, bureaucratic and infrastructural challenges...
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