Over the past 15 years, Africa has accounted for several of the fastest growing economies in the world. However, Africa overall accounts for just 2 percent of global trade. The Brown Capital Management Africa Forum Signature Event “Boosting Trade and Development by Tackling Africa’s Supply Chain Challenges,” which featured African and U.S. policymakers, practitioners, and officials from regional economic communities, sketched an overview of Africa’s supply chain landscape, explored challenges impeding trade and development, and discussed lessons learned and best practices.

This brief draws on the discussion to highlight key recommendations for addressing supply chain challenges. The discussion unpacked Africa’s supply chain development and integration at both the regional and global levels, described key structural issues impeding Africa’s role in international trade and intra-African trade, and emphasized a need to prioritize and improve infrastructure development to better support Africa’s supply chains.

Please find the summary of recommendations below.

This publication is part of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum. For more information and upcoming events and publications, please see here.