Can Africa Emerge As An Autos Manufacturing Hub?

Business Monitor International (BMI) has just published a new special report, Autos Logistics In Africa – The Distribution Challenge, in which we examine Africa’s logistics capabilities for the automotives sector. The report provides a detailed analysis of the logistical issues of concern to automotive distributors and manufacturers looking to break into new markets in Africa.

Our expert analysts give an overview of the strong growth opportunities present in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, before examining in detail seven markets which we have identified as having particularly buoyant prospects. We look at these seven states – Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and Tanzania – from a logistics perspective, taking into account international and regional connections, the bureaucratic burden involved with importing and exporting, and the state of each country’s transport network. Ultimately, we examine their prospects as effective bases for automotives companies to do business in.

The special report contains significant input from both our Automotives and Freight Transport teams, drawing on our Africa country risk macroeconomic projections. The issues examined in the report will also be of significance to any company or organisation interested in the growth markets of Africa, especially those wanting to know whether the logistical framework is in place for them to do business effectively.

We answer key questions, such as:

  • What does Angola have to offer that its neighbour and logistics outperformer, Namibia, does not?
  • Will the Ghanaian government’s aim of developing an auto assembly sector be realised?
  • What opportunities does Namibia, our regional logistics outperformer offer?
  • What would make Nigeria even more appealing to autos manufacturers?
  • What obstacles stand in the way of Tanzania becoming East Africa’s key autos gateway?

The special report draws on BMI’s 30 years of experience to critically evaluate the logistical issues facing the seven major countries of interest in Sub-Saharan Africa, helping you assess the roles they could play in your company’s growth strategy for 2013 and beyond.