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So What Africa Has Abundant Natural Resources

Africa is blessed with natural resources... so what? It is the richest continent on the planet remarkable for her rich soil, abundant land, forests and trees, oil, minerals, precious stones and metals, water, and wildlife. Yet Africa remains poor because of a lack of value added manufacturing sectors on the African continent.

Picking coffee berries in Ethiopia.
Picking coffee berries in Ethiopia

The definition of manufacturing is any industry that makes products from raw materials by the use of manual labor or machinery. Value-added manufacturing is the gross receipts of a firm minus the cost of goods and services purchased from other companies, the difference between the value of goods and the cost of materials or supplies that are used in producing them. If the cost of goods and the cost of materials or supplies is more than the cost of the final manufactured product then the product is of no value to Africa.

Africa does not benefit from the processing and manufacturing portion of goods such as coffee beans, timber and cut flowers, only the agricultural. Under development has held most of Africa backwards because African countries are unable to add value to raw materials so Africans can sell on local and international markets and negotiate prices and trade rules favorable to the citizens of Africa.

Africa has an average of only 12.7 percent value-added manufacturing; Algeria has the highest at 24.2 percent in 2019 while Liberia and Sierra Leone are the lowest on the African continent with 1.9 and 1.6 percent. The manufacturing industry plays a big role in boosting a country’s economy. Here are some of the reasons why manufacturing is important to a country as well as its economy; commercial innovation, creation of job opportunities, manufacturing industries help to support other companies; manufacturing companies promote trading in a country, and adds value to the economy of a country.

A solution to the value added manufacturing issues for Africa is for the African Diaspora to seriously invest in the manufacturing industries and firms that would make the greatest contribution to Africa. These have the greatest potential to maintain or expand employment in Africa which are the industries of computers and electronics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, transportation and machinery, manufacturing provides high-wage jobs, especially for workers who would otherwise earn the lowest wages.


Five Year Period of Africa Manufacturing value added percentage 2015-2019.
Country Name 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Algeria 23 22 24 27 24
Angola 5 6 6 6 no data
Benin 10 9 9 9 9
Botswana 5 5 5 5 5
Burkina Faso 11 11 10 9 9
Burundi 8 9 no data no data no data
Cabo Verde 6 5 6 6 6
Cameroon 14 14 15 18 no data
Central African Republic 19 19 18 18 18
Chad 2 2 2 2. 2.8
Dem. Rep. of the Congo 17 18 19 18 20
Rep. of the Congo 7.3 7.1 6.3 no data no data
Cote d'Ivoire 10 9 10.1 11.1 11.5
Djibouti 2 2 3 3 3
Egypt 16. 16.8 16.4 16.1 15.9
Equatorial Guinea 17.8 18.5 25.7 25.3 19.5
Eritrea no data no data no data no data no data
Eswatini 31.6 31 29.5 28.8 29.3
Ethiopia 4.4 5.6 6.1 5.8 5.5
Gabon 16.6 17.4 17.6 19.0 19
The Gambia 6.3 5.5 4.4 4.4 4.3
Ghana 11.3 11.1 10.4 10.4 10.4
Guinea 12.1 10.9 10 9.4 no data
Guinea-Bissau 10.7 11.3 10.5 10.4 no data
Kenya 9.3 9.3 8 7.7 7.5
Lesotho 15 16.3 15 16.2 15.9
Liberia 2.1 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.6
Libya no data no data no data no data no data
Madagascar no data no data no data no data no data
Malawi 9.6 9.5 9.3 no data no data
Mali 2.5 1.9 2.3 2.7 3
Mauritania 7.4 6.1 7.7 7.8 no data
Mauritius 13 12.4 11.8 11.3 11
Morocco 16.1 15.6 15.6 15.7 no data
Mozambique 8.1 8.4 8.1 8.8 no data
Namibia 11.3 11.6 11.9 12 11.7
Niger 6.7 6.6 6.6 6.2 6.1
Nigeria 9.4 8.6 8.7 9.6 11.5
Rwanda 6.9 6.8 7.6 7.5 8.1
Sao Tome and Principe 6.3 7 7.2 7.4 no data
Senegal 17 16.4 15.8 15.7 15.6
Seychelles 5.9 5.7 5.9 6.7 6.1
Sierra Leone 1.7 1.8 1.9 2.1 1.9
Somalia no data no data no data no data no data
South Africa 12 12 12. 11.7 11.7
South Sudan 3.5 no data no data no data no data
Sudan 5.6 7.5 6.8 12.9 11.7
Tanzania 7.8 7.8 7.6 no data no data
Togo 6.8 7 6.5 6 6.5
Tunisia 15.2 14.9 14.7 14.3 no data
Uganda 16.9 16.3 15.5 15.8 15.4
Zambia 7.5 7.6 8.1 7.7 no data
Zimbabwe 11.8 11.6 11 10.5 no data


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