Message From Chairman
– Greetings from the East African Manufacturers Association – EAMA It has been said that manufacturing in Africa is only for the brave. With a declining contribution to Africa’s economies in the past three decades, manufacturing’s share of GDP in the continent stood at just 11% in 2014. As East Africa transitions into a consumer-driven economy, Africa now stands to gain from a golden opportunity; with East African manufacturers anticipated to relocate to the continent now gaining momentum in industry. EAMA as a stakeholder in the implementation of African Continental Free Trade Agreement – ACFTA Together we can achieve more as manufacturers.
For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.
The vast majority of manufacturing firms in East Africa are quite small. In 2015, there were 251,774 firms in the manufacturing sector, with all but 3,813 firms considered to be small (i.e., having fewer than 500 employees).
There are nearly 12.5 million manufacturing workers in East Africa, accounting for 8.5 percent of the workforce. Since the end of the Great Recession, manufacturers have hired more than one million workers.