December 1

Analysis: Expanding Access to Trade Finance Is Necessary for SMEs in Africa

When it comes to enhancing access to trade finance for African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), current challenges call for innovative solutions.

The African continent represents a market of approximately 1.2 billion people – most of whom are under the age of 30 – and a collective GDP of $2.5trn, but currently accounts for a small portion of global trade (2%). Intra-Africa trade is also low, about 18% of the total for the continent, representing a missed opportunity for African businesses.

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Source: The Africa Report (link opens in a new window)

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