Industries without smokestacks

Authors' workshop in Helsinki, 19-20 July 2016

Industries without smokestacks

This project workshop on industries without smokestacks brings together researchers to discuss joint work on the industry sector and structural transformation in Africa. The workshop was held in Helsinki on 19-20 July 2016.

Historically, industry is the sector into which resources have first moved in the course of structural transformation. But what is industry in the 21st century? Changes in transport costs and information and communications technology have created a wide range of services and agro-industrial products that are now tradable and have many features in common with traditional manufacturing.

These new industries and their potential to provide exports and drive growth in Africa are the subject of this workshop, which is part of UNU-WIDER’s Industries without smokestacks project. The workshop will feature presentations of 16 draft papers on tradable, non-manufacturing activities, addressing global opportunities and constraints and country experiences.


John Page and Richard Newfarmer Objectives of the workshop and key questions
Bernard Hoekman Trade in services: Opening markets to create opportunities
Jack Daly Tourism GVCs and Africa
Will Martin Agro-prosessing and horticultural exports from Africa
Cláudio Frischtak Telecommunication and ICT-based services trade
Heinrich Bofinger Air transport in Africa: A portrait of capacity and competition in various market segments
Charles Kunaka Trucking: Key to regional integration and a service export
Ottavia Pesce Regional opportunities in East Africa
Jim de Melo and Mariem Nouar Integration along the Abuja road map: A progress report
Fausto Mafambissa Mozambique
Kasim Ggombe Rwanda: From devastation to resurgent growth and transformation
John Spray and Sebastian Wolf Industries without smokestacks in Uganda and Rwanda
Dianah Ngui Muchai ICT-enabled services: The case of mobile money transfer in Kenya
François Steenkamp Understanding and characterising the services sector in South Africa: An overview
Monica Lambon-Quayefio The agro-processing industry in Ghana: Evolution, public policy and contribution to the Ghanaian economy
Phil English Senegal: A service economy in need of an export boost
Sally Murray New technologies create opportunities?

Workshop participants

First row, from left to right: Sally Murray, International Growth Centre; Ottavia Pesce, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Monica P. Lambon-Quayefio, University of Ghana; Janis Vehmaan-Kreula, UNU-WIDER; Kasim Ggombe, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Second row, from left to right: Finn Tarp, UNU-WIDER; Heinrich Bofinger, World Bank; John Page, The Brookings Institution; Fausto Mafambissa, Mozambique Presidential Office; Mariem Nouar, University of Geneva; Dianah Ngui Muchai, Kenyatta University.
Third row, from left to right: Charles Kunaka, World Bank; Richard Newfarmer, International Growth Centre; Sebastian Wolf, London School of Economics and Political Science; Will Martin, International Food Policy Research Institute; Jaime de Melo, FERDI; Bernard Hoekman, European University Institute.
Fourth row, from left to right: Phil English, Independent consultant; John Spray, University of Cambridge; Cláudio Frischtak, InterB. Consultoria de Negócios; Jack Daly, Duke University; François Steenkamp, University of Cape Town.