Expanding Export and Investment Markets

Today’s fastest-growing markets are in the developing world. These regions already account for half of U.S. exports, and that will likely increase dramatically over the next decade. Developing countries are projected to grow at least twice as fast as the United States and Europe in coming years. In fact, Sub-Saharan Africa alone hosts 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies. The ability of U.S. companies to invest in and sell to these growing markets will determine their growth and success in the years to come.

Source: OECD: African Economic Outlook 2011

Key Facts

“The share of developing countries in global trade rose from 33 percent to 48 percent since 2000.
Since the start of the millennium we have seen strong evidence of how trade, as a critical component of economic growth and development, can make a positive difference in people’s lives. Rapid economic growth in many developing economies over this period has been combined with deeper integration into the global trading system.”

Source: World Trade Organization World Trade Report, 2014

“Equally striking is the growth in purchasing power of the middle class. Globally, demand from the middle class may grow from USD21 trillion to USD56 trillion by 2030. Again, over 80 percent of the growth in demand comes from Asia.”

Source: OECD, The Emerging Middle Class in Developing Countries, 2010 (page 27)

“Eighteen of our top-twenty trading partners were once major recipients of U.S. development assistance. If the United States fully partners with the U.S. private sector and host governments in ways that are inclusive and responsible, today’s developing nations will likewise become trading partners, and the United States will gain economic, political, and security benefits that will help ensure American global leadership for decades to come.”

Source: A Report of the CSIS Executive Council on Development Our Shared Opportunity A Vision for Global Prosperity. Publication. Washington, DC: CSIS, 2013. Print.

“Policies to improve customs procedures could lead to gains of hundreds of billions globally and about $6 billion in sub-Saharan Africa, while improvements in port efficiency could lead to even greater financial gains.”

Source: Overseas Development Institute, June 2013

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