If Multinationals Contribute, Africa’s Supply Chain Problems Could Be Half Solved

By  |  November 24, 2020

It was in July 2019 when an African logistics and supply chain management service decided that its success in East Africa can be replicated in Nigeria, one of Africa's largest consumer markets. 

It was Nairobi-headquartered Lori Systems, a logistics giant purported as Pan-African, having designed and built logistics solutions that effectively move 40 percent of grains from Kenya through to Uganda. 

That is a snapshot of the simmering activities in the African commerce landscape, which, however, as of now, is significantly fragmented. When the coronavirus pandemic made its way through Africa, it revealed and widened the cracks existing in the continent's trade system.

Combined with debt vulnerabilities and the narrow path for monetary policy manoeuvres, there's an all too real threat for Africa's growing economies.

The demand shock and supply chain disruption, which emanated from coronavirus-regulated shutdowns is global. But Sub-Saharan Africa appears to be in the direst situation when it comes to how the coronavirus pandemic has affected economies. 

That is probably because most of the economies in the region—if not all—are emerging. To paper the cra...

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