Africa is the second largest continent in the world after Asia. But, seen from the angle of the economy, Africa is still small. For instance, in 2017, while the United States got the biggest slice of the global GDP, about 24.32% estimated to be $74.1 trillion in total, followed by China’s 14.84%, the powerhouses in Africa including South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt can only muster 1.52% altogether.
Thus, apart from the natural resources that serve as income generation for the 54 African countries which if utilized well can bridge this wide gap, an important source of revenue generation for some of these countries include international trade made possible through the ports.
Apart from the fact that there are well over 100 port facilities in Africa; over 38 outside the 54 countries in Africa are either coastal or insular in nature. However, while there are several promising ports in Africa, the following rank top as the busiest in the continent.