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Africa, the region of the future!

Africa has the world’s strongest population growth. While 1.3 billion people live on the continent today, the number is expected to double to 2.5 billion by 2050. Economic output is growing even faster than the population. Especially in the countries south of the Sahara, growth rates of around five percent are the rule. Almost two-thirds of the world’s unused potential agricultural land is located in Africa. In addition, there are large deposits of raw materials, including lithium and cobalt. Africa is also the region with the highest start-up growth worldwide. The second-largest tropical rainforests after the Amazon are also located in Central Africa and are important CO2 reservoirs.

Together with the DGNI, the UNECA United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the AficanExImBank, the African Development Bank and industry partners, we develop projects for the sustainable development of African regions. One focus is on southern Africa. Projects are underway in the areas of developing special economic zones, green hydrogen, green data centres, protection zones for jungle regions, battery production, sustainable construction, bioeconomy, circular economy and waste to energy processes.
Centres of Excellence for green technologies exist in Johannesburg (South Africa) and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo).