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Manufacturing Transformation: Comparative Studies of Industrial Development in Africa and Emerging Asia

Carol Newman, John Page, John Rand, Abebe Shimeles, Måns Söderbom, and Finn Tarp


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 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 expor ... More

Keywords: Africa, industrial development, economic growth, structural transformation, natural resources

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198776987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198776987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Newman, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin

John Page, editor
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution

John Rand, editor
Professor, Development Economics Research Group (DERG), Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

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1 The Pursuit of Industry

Carol Newman, John Page, John Rand, Abebe Shimeles, Måns Söderbom, and Finn Tarp

Part I Industrial Development in Africa

3 Industrial Policy in Ghana

Charles Ackah, Charles Adjasi, and Festus Turkson

4 Kenya’s Industrial Development

Dianah Ngui, Jacob Chege, and Peter Kimuyu

5 Mozambique’s Industrial Policy

António Sousa Cruz, Dina Guambe, Constantino Pedro Marrengula, and Amosse Francisco Ubisse

6 Industrial Policy in Nigeria

Louis N. Chete, John O. Adeoti, Foluso M. Adeyinka, and Femi Oladapo Ogundele

7 Industrial Policy in Senegal

Fatou Cissé, Ji Eun Choi, and Mathilde Maurel

8 Industrial Development in Tanzania

Jamal Msami and Samuel Wangwe

9 Tunisia

Mohamed Ayadi and Wided Mattoussi

10 The Evolution of Industry in Uganda

Isaac Shinyekwa, Julius Kiiza, Eria Hisali, and Marios Obwona

Part II Industrial Development in Emerging Asia

12 The Evolution of Vietnamese Industry

Nguyen Thi Tue Anh, Luu Minh Duc, and Trinh Duc Chieu

13 Can Africa Industrialize?

Carol Newman, John Page, John Rand, Abebe Shimeles, Måns Söderbom, and Finn Tarp

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