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Focus : Africa
Helping Indian companies do business with Africa
INDIA : India’s Trade with the African Region notched US$ 38.96 Billion in the year 2009-10 (DGCI&S provisional figures) constituting 8.37% share in India’s total trade. Trade with the region has grown at a CAGR of 18.10% from US$ 4.48 Billion in 1996-97.
AFRICA : 54 Countries, 1 billion people, US$ 1.01 Billion of trade. Imports worth US$ 468 billion include Mineral Fuels, Oils, Machinery, Vehicles including Boats, Ships, Aircrafts, Electronics & Electricals, Iron & Steel & Articles thereof, Cereals, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, etc.

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Country at a Glance

North-Eastern Africa


Country Head
President: Hosni Mubarak          


78,866,635 (July 2009)       

$470.4 Bn

GDP Per Capita
$ 6000 (2009)         

Main Language




Egypt is located in the northeastern region of Africa with a total area of 1,001,450sq km. The country has a coastline of 2,450 and is bordered by Sudan, Libya, Israel and Gaza Strip. Egypt is further divided into 29 governorates which are further subdivided into regions. The following table shows the 29 governorates and their capital city:

29 governorates and their capital city 29 governorates and their capital city
The agriculture sector contributes to around 13.1% to the country’s GDP. Farming plays an important role in providing income and employment in the rural areas. The key agricultural export items include cotton, potatoes, citrus fruits, medicinal plants, groundnuts, onions, and preserved and dried vegetables.

The industrial sector contributes around 37.7% to the economy. Manufacturing is responsible for about half of this contribution, manufacturing sector output rose by 8 per cent in 2007/08 an improvement over the previous year. The other major industries in Egypt are of textiles, food processing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hydrocarbons, construction, cement and metals.
The service sector is the highest contributor to the economy. In 2008 it had a contribution of 51% to the GDP. The revenue is majorly generated from the Suez Canal and tourism. Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization, the Giza pyramids and its Great Sphinx. Luxor, a city in the southern region of Egypt is famous for its artifacts such as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. The tourism sector accounts for 19.3 per cent of foreign currency earnings and 7 per cent of GDP, the sector grew from 13% in 2006/07 to 24% in 2007/2008.

Apex Bodies

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

Alexandria Business Association

Alexandria International Trade Point


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Useful Information

Government Website

Alexandria International Trade Point:
Badr International Trade Point:
Egyptian International Trade Point:
Fayoum International Trade Point:

Industry Association

Alexandria Business Association:  

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