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UAE has potential to double exports to Africa–Dubai Chamber

by Business News Report

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce has said that analysis, based on recent data from the International Trade Center (ITC), relies on an economic model using supply and demand data, along with ease of trade indicators to determine the untapped export potential for a selected exporting country in the chosen target market. The findings were released ahead of the 5th Global Business Forum Africa which will be held in Dubai in November 2019. The UAE’s exports to African countries have recorded strong growth over the past decade, supported by a number of key trends and factors such as expanding UAE-Africa trade links, Dubai’s ongoing efforts to enhance its position as a gateway to African markets and improving economic conditions across the continent.

According to the Chamber, “The findings indicate that the UAE’s exports of certain products, such as electrical devices, machinery, and vehicles, have exceeded their export potential to the African continent, which is an indicator of the development of trade links between UAE exporters and African markets. However, it points out that the UAE is still developing its “hub status” for the export of the majority of other products. Top UAE exports to African markets in 2017 by value were plastics and rubber valued at $925.3 million,  metal products $407.7 million, other metal products $267.8 million, sugar $190.2 million, beauty products and perfumes $165.7 million, and jewelry and precious metal articles $161.7 million. 

“The top African markets offering the most untapped potential to import plastics and rubber products from the UAE include: Kenya (estimated untapped potential of $88.2million), Egypt ($81.3 million), Nigeria ($73.3 million), Tanzania ($ 63.6 million) and Ethiopia ($35.5 million).

Somalia ($91.8 million), Sudan ($66.7 million), Libya ($49.8 million), Djibouti ($35.7 million) and Egypt ($29.3 million) were identified as high-potential African markets where the UAE can boost its exports of sugar.  In the category of metal products, the analysis suggested that UAE exports to Egypt could potentially be increased to $34 million, followed by Ethiopia $26.6 million, Libya $24.5 million, Angola $23.6 million and Senegal $10.9 million.

The analysis outlined several recommendations for UAE traders to boost their exports to high-potential African markets. Suggestions include leveraging and utilising existing platforms and resources that can help them explore new business opportunities emerging across the continent such as the Global Business Forum Africa in Dubai, Dubai Chamber’s network of representative offices in Africa, and thChamber’s Africa Gateway smart platform. 

GBF Africa 2019 is organised by Dubai Chamber under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The high-level forum, held under the theme “Scale-Up Africa”, brings together heads of state, ministers, policymakers, prominent business leaders, industry experts and entrepreneurs from Africa and the UAE to connect, collaborate and explore new avenues of economic cooperation. 

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