Ranking first in Africa and 29th in the world, Egypt exported glass and glassware valued at $463.5 million or 0.6 per cent of the global total. This is not surprising as Egyptians were among the first to use glass in their art and culture. As far back as 2500 BC, amulets and solid glass beads were made in Mesopotamia. About 1000 years later, the Egyptians also began making glass. In the Old and Middle Kingdoms, glass jewellery, amulets, little animal figures, mosaic stones and similar things were made, according to History of Glass. Egypt currently exports about 30 per cent of its glass production. Neighbouring markets ask for the Egyptian glass, especially the Arab and African markets, as well as, the countries associated with Egypt in trade agreements such as the COMESA countries which include Libya and eSwatini.