The pandemic has significantly accelerated the global spread of technologies associated with the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), among them artificial intelligence, the internet of things (IoT), big data and blockchain. In sub-Saharan Africa many now see the 4IR as key to the region’s recovery.
With the effects of Covid-19 still being felt in Egypt, industrial exports are shaping up to be a key driver of the country’s economic recovery.
Covid-19 and the resulting fall in oil prices and demand has helped to accelerate a global shift towards renewable energy. While a number of sub-Saharan African countries continue to rely heavily on fossil fuels, the region is expected to benefit from the growing market for minerals central to this shift.
Mexico is set to see a series of new investments in gold and silver mining projects in 2021, which are expected to be key drivers of economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The global automotive industry took a significant hit last year on the back of a Covid-19-related slump in activity. However, a more positive global outlook is set to boost demand, boding well for automotive manufacturers in emerging markets.
With travel restrictions, closed factories and social distancing measures in place for much of the year, 2020 was particularly challenging for industrial companies around the world. However, despite such constraints many countries were able to successfully repurpose production to meet urgent needs associated with Covid-19, while others look set to benefit from shifting trends in global supply chains.