Tuesday July 29th 2014

Insight Areas

Industry List for African Countries

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This list highlights industries found in each African country.  This does not necessarily reflect all industries.  For further information, you can contact each country’s investment and promotion agency, embassies, department of trade and industry, and/or business and industry associations. 

To get a searchable spreadsheet to check in which country a particular industry is found, contact us.  We also provide briefs and reports on priority sectors, value chains, and clusters in African countries and regions.

Algeria

Petroleum, Natural Gas, Light Industries, Mining, Electrical, Petrochemical, Food Processing

Angola

Petroleum, Diamonds, Iron Ore, Phosphates, Feldspar, Bauxite, Uranium, Gold, Cement, Basic Metal Products, Fish Processing, Food Processing, Brewing, Tobacco Products, Sugar, Textiles, Ship Repair

Benin

Textiles, Food Processing, Construction Materials, Cement

Botswana

Diamonds, Copper, Nickel, Salt, Soda Ash, Potas, Livestock Processing, Textiles

Burkina Faso

Cotton Lint, Beverages, Agricultural Processing, Soap, Cigarettes, Textiles, Gold

Burundi

Light Consumer Goods (e.g., Blankets, Shoes, Soap), Assembly of Imported Components, Public Works Construction, Food Processing

Cameroon

Petroleum Production and Refining, Aluminum Production, Food Processing, Light Consumer Goods, Textiles, Lumber, Ship Repair

Cape Verde

Food, Beverages, Fish Processing, Shoes, Garments, Salt Mining, Ship Repair

Central African Republic

Gold Mining, Diamond Mining, Logging, Brewing, Textiles, Footwear, Assembly of Bicycles and Motorcycles

Chad

Oil, Cotton Textiles, Meatpacking, Brewing, Natron (Sodium Carbonate), Soap, Cigarettes, Construction Materials

Congo, Democratic Republic of

Mining (e.g., Diamonds, Gold, Copper, Cobalt, Coltan, Zinc), Mineral Processng, Consumer Products (e.g., Textiles, Footwear, Cigarettes, Processed Foods and Beverages), Cement, Commercial Ship Repair

Congo, Republic of

Petroleum Extraction, Cement, Lumber, Brewing, Sugar, Palm Oil, Soap, Flour, Cigarettes

 Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Foodstuffs, Beverages, Wood Products, Oil Refining, Truck and Bus Assembly, Textiles, Fertilizer, Building Materials, Electricity, Ship Construction and Repair

Djibouti

Construction, Agricultural Processing

Egypt

Textiles, Food Processing, Tourism, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Hydrocarbons, Construction, Cement, Metals, Light Manufacturing

Equatorial Guinea

Petroleum, Fishing, Sawmilling, Natural Gas

Eritrea

Food Processing, Beverages, Clothing, Textiles, Light Manufacturing, Salt, Cement

Ethiopia

Food Processing, Beverages, Textiles, Leather, Chemicals, metals Processing, Cement

Gabon

Petroleum Extraction and Refining, Manganese, Gold, Chemicals, Ship Repair, Food, Beverages, Textiles, Lumbering, Plywood, Cement

Gambia, The

Processing Peanuts, Fish, Hides, Tourism, Beverages, Agricultural Machinery Assembly, Woodworking, Metalworking, Clothing

Ghana

Mining, Lumbering, Light Manufacturing, Aluminum Smelting, Food Processing, Cement, Small Commercial Ship Building

Guinea

Bauxite, Gold, Diamonds, Iron, Alumina Refining, Light Manufacturing, Agricultural Processing

Guinea-Bissau

Agricultural Products, Beer, Soft Drinks

Kenya

Small-Scale Consumer Goods (e.g., Plastics, Furniture, Batteries, Textiles, Clothing, Soap, Cigarettes, Flour), Agricultural Products, Horticulture, Oil Refining, Aluminum, Steel, Lead, Cement, Commercial Ship Repair, Tourism

Lesotho

Food, Beverages, Textiles, Apparel Assembly, Handicrafts, Construction, Tourism

Liberia

Rubber Processing, Palm Oil Processing, Timber, Diamonds

Libya

Petroleum, Iron, Steel, Food Processing, Textiles, Handicrafts, Cement

Madagascar

Meat Processing, Seafood, Soap, Breweris, Tanneries, Sugar, Textiles, Glassware, Cement, Automobile Assembly Plant, Paper, Petroleum, Tourism

Malawi

Tobacco, Tea, Sugar, Sawmill Products, Cement, Consumer Goods

Mali

Food Processing, Construction, Phosphate Mining, Gold Mining

Mauritania

Fish Processing, Oil Production, Iron Ore Mining, Gold Mining, Copper Mining

Mauritius

Food Processing (e.g., Mostly Sugar Milling), Textiles, Clothing, Mining, Chemicals, Metal Products, Transport Equipment, Nonelectrical Machinery, Tourism

Morocco

Phosphate Rock Mining and Processing, Food Processing, Leather Goods, Textiles, Construction, Tourism

Mozambique

Food, Beverages, Chemicals (e.g., Fertilizer, Soap, Paints), Aluminum, Petroleum Products, Textiles, Cement, Glass, Asbestos, Tobacco

Namibia

Meatpacking, Fish Processing, Dairy Products, Mining (e.g., Diamonds, Lead, Zinc, Silver, Tin, Tungsten, Uranium, Copper)

Niger

Uranium Mining, Cement, Brick, Soap, Textiles, Food Processing, Chemicals, Slaughterhouses

Nigeria

Crude Oil, Coal, Tin, Columbite, Palm Oil, Peanuts, Cotton, Rubber, Wood, Hides and Skins, Textiles, Cement and Other Construction Materials, Food Products, Footwear, Chemicals, Fertilizer, Printing, Ceramics, Steel, Small Commercial Ship Construction and Repair

Rwanda 

Cement, Agricultural Products, Small-Scale Beverages, Soap, Furniture, Shoes, Plastic Goods, Textiles, Cigarettes

 Sao Tome and Principe

Light Construction, Textiles, Soap, Beer, Fish Processing, Timber

Senegal

Agricultural and Fish Processing, Phosphate Mining, Fertilizer Production, Petroleum Refining, Iron Ore Mining, Zircon Mining, Gold Mining, Construction Materials, Ship Construction and Repair

Seychelles

Fishing, Tourism, Processing of Coconuts and Vanilla, Coir (Coconut Fiber) Rope, Boat Building, Printing, Furniture, Beverages

Sierre Leone

Diamond Mining, Small-Scale Manufacturing (e.g., Beverages, Textiles, Cigarettes, Footwear), Petroleum Refining, Small Commercial Ship Repair

Somalia

A Few Light Industries (e.g., Sugar, Refining, Textiles, Wireless Communication)

South Africa

Mining (e.g., World’s Largest Producer of Platinum, Gold, Chromium), Automobile Assembly, Metalworking, Machinery, Textiles, Iron and Steel, Chemicals, Fertilizer, Foodstuffs, Commercial Ship Repair

Sudan

Oil, Cotton Ginning, Textiles, Cement, Edible Oils, Sugar, Soap Distilling, Shoes, Petroleum Refining, Pharmaceuticals, Armaments, Automobile/Light Truck Assembly

Swaziland

Wood Pulp, Coal, Sugar, Soft Drink Concentrates, Textiles, Apparel

Tanzania

Agricultural Processing (e.g., Sugar, Beer, Cigarettes, Sisal Twine), Diamond Mining, Gold Mining, Tanzanite Mining, Iron Mining, Salt, Soda Ash, Cement, Oil Refining, Shoes, Apparel, Wood Products, Fertilizer

Togo

Phosphate Mining, Agricultural Processing, Cement, Handicrafts, Textiles, Beverages

Tunisia

Petroleum, Mining (e.g., Phosphate, Iron Ore), Tourism, Textiles, Footwear, Agribusiness, Beverages

Uganda

Sugar, Brewing, Tobacco, Cotton Textiles, Cement, Steel Production

Zambia

Copper Mining and Processing, Construction, Foodstuffs, Beverages, Chemicals, Textiles, Fertilizer, Horticulture

Zimbabwe

Mining, (e.g., Coal, Gold, Platinum, Copper, Nickel, Tin, Clay, Metallic and Nonmetallic Ores), Steel, Wood Products, Cement, Chemicals, Fertilizer, Clothing, Footwear, Foodstuffs, Beverages

 Key Sources:  The World Factbook, investment and promotion agencies, and departments of trade

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