Africa Trends Report
November 9, 2021
Africa holds immense promise and untapped opportunities as a trading destination for Virginian exporters. Virginia exports to Africa in 2021 are projected to be 20% larger than in 2020 and 8% larger than in 2019. Africa is already moving toward being a large market, with a generally receptive business community. A large entrepreneurially motivated youth population is set to create changes not only to Africa but to the entire world.
This report provides Virginian exporters with a general overview of African developments as its place in the world economy shifts. This study describes major trends in Africa that will impact future trade opportunities: demographics; the growing middle class; culture shift; political changes; economic diversification; technology; and the African Continental Free Trade Area. It also provides a post COVID-19 outlook of Africa, where these key trends will play a role in economic recovery and growth.