African Value Chains (Course, Master)

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Syllabus of the Online Subject: African Value Chains. Trade Facilitation.

  1. Introduction to African Value Chains
  2. Opportunities for African Companies
  3. African Growth Poles
  4. How can African enterprises take advantage of value chains?
  5. Case Study: Cocoa Value Chain in West Africa
  6. Rules of Origin and transport costs
  7. Export costs in Africa
  8. Trade Facilitation
  9. One-stop border post
  10. FDI Cooperation
  11. Case Study: Shoprite (African largest food retailer)

The objectives of the subject “African value chains” are the following:

  1. To learn how intra-African trade can benefit from African value chains
  2. To assess the importance of One-stop border post in Africa
  3. To analyse the impact of African value chains on transport and export costs in Africa
  4. To study success stories of African value chains (Egyptian textile sector, cocoa value chain in West Africa...)

The eLearning Subject “African Value Chains” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Courses: Transport in Africa, Regional Integration in Africa
  2. Masters: Transport in Africa, African Business, International Business, Foreign Trade
  3. Doctorates: International Logistics, Business in Africa, Global Trade

African Student, Master International Business

Learning materials in Master in International Business in English or Study, Master in International Business in French Chaines Valeur Afrique Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Cadenas de valor africanas Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Cadeias de valor africanas

The African Development Bank estimates that the cost to transport a container from Durban (South Africa) to Lusaka (Zambia) - 1,633 kilometres/ 1,015 miles- are USD 8,000, and 1,800 from Durban to Japan!.

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Description of the Online Subject: African Value Chains.

Regional Integration in Africa should facilitate African Value Chains, both for regional and global market.

  1. Regional Trade and cross-border investments are a key factor for Value Chains development in Africa (Economic Area of African Civilisation)
  2. The role of the Regional Economic Communities is critical, by ex. reducing Technical Barriers to Trade (Rules of Origin) in Africa
  3. In some African Countries (South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia, Kenya or Tunisia), the companies are improving their value addition in several sectors

The Regional Economic Communities are working in trade facilitation programs, but the trading cost in Africa is not competitive in many cases.

There are good examples of improving African Value Chains. By example...

  1. Cocoa Value Chain in West Africa (mainly in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the world largest cocoa exporter), has increased from 12% (2000) to 18.6% (2013), by liberalisation and incentives programs (economic free zones), attracting foreign investors
  2. Today more than 1 Million people in Ivory Coast and 800,000 in Ghana work in the Cocoa Sector. Local farmers are receiving a fixed price (70% of FOB price)
  3. Egyptian textile sector has substantially increased his value addition, and today contributes to 27% of Egyptian total production
  4. According to African Development Bank, One-stop border post can help to reduce clearance times (Customs Procedures) at the borders. By example, between Uganda and Kenya (Malaba), the border-crossing time has been reduced from 24 hours (2011) to 4 hours (2012)
  5. In Chirundu (border post Zimbabwe - Zambia) the One-stop border post, part of the North-South Corridor, the time for cross the border for lorries has been reduced from 3 days to 2 hours

Shoprite (Africa's largest food retailer) South Africa:
Shoprite Africa largest food retailer

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