Africa and Middle East

China’s investment in infrastructure, industry and resources in Africa will mean demand for freight and logistics services will increase exponentially, Hickler explains.


Africa demand for freight and logistics service


Africa and Middle East

China’s investment in infrastructure, industry and resources in Africa will mean demand for freight and logistics services will increase exponentially, Hickler explains. China’s investment into Africa may rise by 70 per cent to US$50 billion by 2015 from 2009, as the Asian nation seeks to acquire resources, according to a report by Standard Bank Group Ltd, Africa’s largest lender, which states that bilateral trade between China and Africa will reach $300 billion by 2015, double the 2010 level. The difficult operating environment in West and Central Africa, where much of China’s investment is focused will mean that logistics companies with considerable experience in emerging markets will be able to successfully build sustainable networks. “Agility’s strength in emerging markets gives us a very strong capability to support the requirements of Chinese companies investing overseas and we are already working with a number across the Middle East and Africa,” Hickler remarks.