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Industrial Competitiveness in Africa : Lessons from East Asia - Sanjaya Lall

Industrial Competitiveness in Africa

Lessons from East Asia

Paperback Published: 1st January 2006
ISBN: 9781853396182
Number Of Pages: 136

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* * A timely analysis of the current state and prospects for African industrial capabilities in relation to that of other developing regions

* * Provides recent figures on industrial competitiveness indicators for a large number of developing countries (especially African countries).

* * It develops new tools of comparison in terms of technological and industrial performance allowing the detection of outliers and similarities of performance across regions and countries.

This book describes Africa's position within the current industrial global setting and analyses the recent performance of African manufacturing relative to that of other developing regions. It stresses the rapidly changing technological challenges faced by African economies and Africa's poor response to the threats posed by other developing regions such as East Asia.



This analysis is based on the examination of a set of drivers of competitiveness related to technology, skills and foreign direct investment. With some exceptions for the two outliers (South Africa and Mauritius), African scores in all these indicators are far behind the international dynamics. The observation of these drivers suggests that the basic problem of African industry lies not in the investment climate (which can certainly be improved) or in gaining market access to rich countries but in the low level of its industrial capabilities.



It concludes with a set of policy options, enhancing the role of the international community and the need to improve the effectiveness of African 'national learning systems'. This book points out the urgency of reconsidering current African industrial strategy and evolving a new strategy focused on building capabilities.

Introduction
Why industrialization is important for Africa
The changing setting for industrialization
Does Africa need technological effort to industrialize?
African industrial performance
African export performance
African competitive lags: framework conditions
Structural factors in competitiveness: technology, skills, and FDI
Analytical background
Skills and technology effort in Africa
Foreign direct investment
Policy options
Thinking in terms of national learning systems
Improving the investment climate further
Managing trade liberalization
Attracting and benefiting from FDI
Human capital
Technology support and infrastructure
Strategic policy capability
The role of the international community
Conclusions References
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ISBN: 9781853396182
ISBN-10: 1853396184
Series: Viewpoints
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 1st January 2006
Publisher: ITDG Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18