Industry List for African Countries

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.


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


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


Textiles, Food Processing, Construction Materials, Cement


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

Burkina Faso

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


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


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


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


Construction, Agricultural Processing


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

Equatorial Guinea

Petroleum, Fishing, Sawmilling, Natural Gas


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


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


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


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


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


Agricultural Products, Beer, Soft Drinks


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


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


Rubber Processing, Palm Oil Processing, Timber, Diamonds


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


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


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


Food Processing, Construction, Phosphate Mining, Gold Mining


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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