Africa’s population growth has far outstripped that of Europe. And according to new projections by Eurostat, it will continue to do so.
The large continent is expected to represent 15% of the world population by 2050 compared with 10.8% in 1980. At the same time, the share of EU-27 in the world population is forecast to fall from 10.3 % to 7.3%.
Key export markets
The EU-27 deficit in trade with Africa is due to imports of mineral fuels, crude oil and natural gas. South Africa and the North African countries were key African markets for EU-27 exports.
The mobile-phone market has risen strongly in both the EU-27 and Africa since 2002, with a tenfold rise in Africa. In 2009, 43.9% of the African population owned a mobile phone compared with 4.3% in 2002.
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