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Promoting Green Manufacturing “Made in Africa”


Mastering the manufacture of “green” capital goods (solar-hybrid mini-grids, wind farms, waste recycling plants, electric vehicles, tramways…..) is a major challenge for African countries.



The sustainable industrialization of Africa implies to focus on the development of “green” manufacturing sectors. Throughout Africa, a great deal of this type of equipment is being installed.

Unfortunately, almost all of it is imported on a turnkey basis from China, Europe, North America or Japan.

Hundreds of billions of euros will have to be invested in Africa over the next 20 years.

Mastering the manufacture of green industries is therefore a major challenge for African countries. The challenge is clearly to manufacture “green” capital goods in African countries, rather than importing them.

This means building solar panel manufacturing plants, waste sorting plants, railroad equipment manufacturing units, railroad rolling stock, on African soil…..


The “Leaders

What do Elsewedy Electric Towers, an Egyptian manufacturer of high-power wind turbine masts, Auxano, a Nigerian manufacturer of solar panels, and Gyapa Entreprises, a Ghanaian company specialising in the manufacture of charcoal-efficient cookers, have in common?

These three companies have developed manufacturing expertise in a “green” sector and produce on African soil. All three are producing and selling in competitive markets, contributing to the industrialisation of the African continent, creating sustainable jobs and reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturing activities.

A growing number of African companies are positioning themselves in green sectors by developing “Made in Africa”. Although few in number, they are playing a pioneering role and pointing the way to sustainable industrialisation in African countries. They are demonstrating that it is possible to manufacture on African soil while remaining competitive with manufactured products imported from Asia in particular.

It is important to publicise and promote these “Leaders”. To date, their products account for only a very small proportion of the continent’s needs….



The Observatory has two objectives:

  • Identify and promote these leading companies, particularly those that generate high local added value through extensive industrial integration.
  • Identify the links in the value chains of green industries that are most suitable for investment in Africa.

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