Manufacturing Transformation

Comparative Studies of Industrial Development in Africa and Emerging Asia

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While it is possible for economies to grow based on abundant land or natural resources, more often structural change — the shift of resources from low-productivity to high-productivity sectors — is the key driver of economic growth. Structural transformation is vital for Africa. The region's much-lauded growth turnaround since 1995 has been the result of making fewer economic policy mistakes, robust commodity prices, and new discoveries of natural resources. At the same time, Africa's economic structure has changed very little. Primary commodities and natural resources still account for the bulk of the region's exports.

This book presents results of comparative country-based research that sought to answer a seemingly simple but puzzling question: why is there so little industry in Africa? It brings together detailed country case studies of industrial policies and industrialization outcomes in eleven countries, conducted by teams of national researchers in partnership with international experts on industrial development. It provides the reader with the most comprehensive description and analysis available to date of the contemporary industrialization experience in low-income Africa.

Table of contents
  1. The Pursuit of Industry: Policies and Outcomes
    Carol Newman, John Page, John Rand, Abebe Shimeles, Måns Söderbom, Finn Tarp
  2. Part I: Industrial Development in Africa
    Industrial Policy and Development in Ethiopia
    Mulu Gebreeyesus
    More Working Paper | Industrial Policy and Development in Ethiopia
  3. Industrial Policy in Ghana: Its Evolution and Impact
    Charles Godfred Ackah, Charles Adjasi, Festus Turkson
    More Working Paper | Education, Skill, and Earnings
  4. Kenya's Industrial Development: Policies, Performance and Prospects
    Dianah Ngui, Jacob Chege, Peter Kimuyu
    More Working Paper | Scoping Paper on Kenyan Manufacturing
  5. Mozambique's Industrial Policy: Sufficient to Face the Winds of Globalization?
    António S. Cruz, Dina Guambe, Constantino Pedro Marrengula, Amosse Francisco Ubisse
    More Working Paper | Mozambique’s Industrialization
  6. Industrial Policy in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges in a Resource-Rich Country
    Louis N. Chete, John Olatunji Adeoti, Foluso M Adeyinka, O. Ogundele
    More Working Paper | Industrial Development and Growth in Nigeria
  7. Industrial Policy in Senegal: Then and Now
    Fatou Cissé, Ji Eun Choi, Mathilde Maurel
    More Working Paper | Scoping Paper on Industry in Senegal
  8. Industrial Development in Tanzania
    Jamal Msami, Samuel Wangwe
    More Working Paper | The Performance of the Manufacturing Sector in Tanzania
  9. Tunisia: Industrial Policy in the Transition to Middle-Income Status
    Mohamed Ayadi, Wided Mattoussi
    More Working Paper | Scoping of the Tunisian Economy
  10. The Evolution of Industry in Uganda
    Isaac Shinyekwa, Julius Kiiza, Eria Hisali, Marios Obwona
    More Working Paper | The Evolution of Industry in Uganda
  11. Part II: Industrial Development in Emerging Asia
    Cambodia's Path to Industrial Development: Policies, Lessons, and Opportunities
    Sokty Chhair, Luyna Ung
    More Working Paper | Economic History of Industrialization in Cambodia
  12. The Evolution of Vietnamese Industry
    Nguyen Thi Tue Ann, Luu Minh Duc, Trinh Duc Chieu
    More Working Paper | The Evolution of Vietnamese Industry
  13. Can Africa Industrialize?
    Carol Newman, John Rand, John Page, Abebe Shimeles, Måns Söderbom, Finn Tarp
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