African Industry 2000: The Challenge of Going Global

African Industry 2000: The Challenge of Going Global

African Industry 2000: The Challenge of Going Global

African Industry 2000: The Challenge of Going Global

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This publication on African Industry 2000 - The Challenge of Going Global has been prepared by UNIDO, as part of its research programme, to provide analyses of the industrial development process and emerging policy issues of African countries, with particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and least developed countries. The publication is part of the UNIDO Global Forum function and is intended to stimulate dialogue with African decision-makers concerned with industrial strategy, policy, project development and implementation. It is further intended to serve as a ready source of information for governments, investors, industrialists, international organizations, aid agencies, academics and research institutions.

The publication has two separate, but interrelated, objectives: it is designed to stimulate dialogue on industrial development in sub-Saharan Africa as an important step towards joining the mainstream globalization process, and also to serve as an informative and analytical tool for the international community associated with industry and development cooperation.

Comprising nine chapters, and preceded by an Executive Summary, the publication contains in Chapter I an Overview of the issues analyzed in the report. Chapter II provides analyses of the overall context for growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa, while Chapter III analyses the growth and structural change of African manufacturing at the country, sector and subsector levels. Illustrative industrialization experience of selected countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Côte d'Ivoire and Lesotho - are presented in Chapter IV. The important link between industry and trade, on the one hand, and industry financing and investment, on the other, are analysed in Chapters V and VI, respectively. The potential important role of South Africa in enhancing industrial development in southern Africa, through trade and investment, is examined in Chapter VII. The overriding importance of improving competitiveness of African industry is analysed in Chapter VIII, while Chapter IX examines industrial strategy and policy imperatives towards accelerating industrial development in sub-Saharan Africa in the 21st century in order to meet the challenge of going global.

The publication was prepared by the Industrial Policies and Research Branch of UNIDO. It is based on information available as at August 1999.

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