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– Industrialization in Africa reconsidered
Richard Newfarmer, John Page - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

Our research shows that structural change in Africa is relying on a new set of economic activities, called ‘industries without smokestacks’, created by recent technological changes and a changing global market place. Adopting a broad concept of industrialization is crucial to...

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– How can policies best create benefits for Tanzania?
Mia Ellis, Margaret McMillan - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

Tanzania is rich with natural resources, which have significant potential to contribute to the country’s economic development. Several laws recently passed in Tanzania are dedicated to establishing linkages between foreign firms in natural resource extraction and the local economy. This...

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Geraldine J. Kikwasi, Cecilia Escalante - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

The construction sector is a key enabler for social and economic development worldwide. In Tanzania, the sector growth rate is well above the general economy and has maintained positive growth in response to the country’s investments in commercial and residential buildings and...

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Nkechi Owoo, Monica P. Lambon-Quayefio - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

The research explores the structure and performance of Ghana’s construction subsector, in light of the country’s 2007 oil discovery. Using primary and secondary data resources, we discuss how marginal costs and expenditure shocks may vary within the construction sector for...

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– Local content in Zambia—a faltering experience?
Wilfred C. Lombe - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper traces the role of local content in Zambia’s mining sector in supporting industrialization and economic diversification. It assesses productive linkages and manufacturing competitiveness during import-substitution industrialization and post-1991 liberalization and privatization,...

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– An overview
António Sousa Cruz, Francisco Fernandes, Fausto J. Mafambissa, Francisco Pereira - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

The construction sector value added in Mozambique grew at an average annual rate of 12.8 per cent in 1993–2015. Investment in the basic infrastructure of health, education, and housing improved families’ and communities’ living conditions. Investment in roads, communications,...

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Evelyn Dietsche, Ana Maria Esteves - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

In recent years, Mozambique has made international headlines for the significant hydrocarbon deposits found offshore. These have increased the country’s extractive resource endowments, in addition to its mining and onshore natural gas sector. It is expected that these industries will...

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Ritwika Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper analyses policy options to promote local content in Uganda as it transitions into an oil-producing country. It contends that productive linkages between oil and gas exporters and domestic suppliers in a range of ‘connected’ goods and services sectors can be a source of...

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Ernest Aryeetey, Ishmael Ackah - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

Oil resources are neither a curse nor a blessing. The sound management of these resources can make them beneficial or otherwise. In order to translate Ghana’s oil resources into inclusive development amid high expectations, several laws and regulations have been passed and new institutions...

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– Diversification in Africa’s resource-rich economies
John Page - UNU-WIDER, 2018 - Helsinki, Finland

The exploitation of natural resources is a huge opportunity, but one that carries considerable risks. Relative prices in resource-exporting economies tend to push them towards economic structures dominated by the resource sector. This paper explores ways to achieve diversification in a resource-...

– Four lessons for Africa
John Page, Finn Tarp - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

Industrial policy has finally moved away from the arid debate on ‘picking winners’ versus ‘levelling the playing field’. Today, there is growing understanding that the market imperfections on which the theoretical arguments for industrial policy rest are pervasive,...

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Sally Murray - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper argues that new technologies—for communication, such as mobile phones and the internet, but also for manufacturing, agriculture, energy, and transport—have the potential to bridge many of the productivity gaps between sub-Saharan Africa and more advanced developing and...

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– Government–Business Coordination in Africa and East Asia
John Page, Finn Tarp - Oxford University Press, 2017

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. Much of the information relevant to policy formulation for industrial...

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– A progress report
Jaime de Melo, Mariem Nouar, Jean-Marc Solleder - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper reviews integration among the eight African Regional Economic Communities by comparing their characteristics and progress with three other South–South Regional Integration Arrangements.  Three conclusions emerge: (i) slow progress towards meeting overly ambitious...

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– The case of the mobile money transfer industry
Dianah Ngui Muchai, Peter Kimuyu - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

The mobile money transfer industry has been the most successful information and communications technology-enabled service in Kenya, having recorded an exponential growth relative to its neighbours within the East Africa region. This could be attributed to Kenya’s status as a leading...

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– From devastation to services-first transformation
Kasim Ggombe, Richard Newfarmer - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

Since civil war and genocide left the country in ruins, Rwanda has undergone a remarkable transformation. Growth rates since 1995 have averaged 8 per cent annually, poverty rates have fallen, maternal and child health have improved, and infrastructure and public institutions have been rebuilt...

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