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To what extent is industrial sector development needed to provide large-scale and high-quality employment for youth and women, and which subsectors are most amenable to this transition?

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Paschal Mihyo - African Institute for Development Initiatives, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
2016-11-24 07:29

First and foremost it is important to bear in mind that industrialization per se does not hold the key to employment creation for the youth and women. This is because if the new industries will be high tech and requiring skills that young people do not yet have, they may create just a few jobs that will be taken by the experienced workers and most likely men. For the new industrialization drive to help in job creation for women and the youth it has to have the following elements:

a) It has to support linkages with other sectors especially th... read more »

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Emuria Stephen - Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives
2016-11-28 06:57

Industrialisation in Africa and more so Uganda which is predominatly agricultural Country needs to focus on agricultural transformation that has been overcome by urbanisation challenges that include among others;

rapid urbanisation without industrialisation created by migration of youth from rural areas,
agricultural share of employment declining from 74% to 69%,
the deplorable living standards mostly children living in chronic hunger and stunted growth,
a country with hardly no food exports and value addition and still import... read more »

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Aram Belhadj - University of Carthage
2016-11-30 15:19

Definitely, Industrialization is among the most interesting thing that would insure the emergence of Africa. Until now, Africa is considered as an Agriculture continent and we have to insure the transition to an industrialized one, capable to boost growth and create sustainable jobs.

We all know that in the 60's, many African countries have the same GDP as Korea or Singapour or other Asian emerging countries. Now, the gap is huge between these countries and Africa, and among the resasons that explain this gap is Industrialization. Korea for ... read more »

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Samouel Beji - University of Sousse (Tunisia)
2016-11-30 23:16

I do think that the economic salvation of Africa passes indoubtedly by the emergence of a reliable industrial sector. Indeed, the common feature that characterizes all African countries whether they are in the south or in the north of the continent is their backwardness in industrial development compared to other Asian or Latin American developing countries. If we want to explore the reasons making the success of what we usually call "Asian Tigers" we find that the launching point of thosesuccess stories was an industrial revolution made in the... read more »

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David Luke - African Trade Policy Centre, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
2016-12-1 14:47

Structural transformation of African economies through industrialization will be key to achieving economy-wide productivity improvements and sustained economic growth. This industrialization however must be supported by complementary interventions to ensure that it creates jobs, reduces inequalities and drives poverty reduction.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Economic Report on Africa (ERA) 2015 establishes a clear case for increased and improved use of trade and trade policy as tools for industrialization. The CFTA of... read more »

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Donald Kasongi - Governance Links
2016-12-29 19:59

In the 4th global industrial revolution, Africa's position is evident, if we agree giving it the necessary attention to feed the agro-based small  and medium scale industries. For employment guaranteeing industrialisation, however, Africa's transition to industrial agriculture requires investment than never before , considering that agricultural productivity has been declining  and climate change deepening the uncertainties .The agriculture-industrial linkages are still weak,mainly due to the paradox of investment whereby we claim the sector to... read more »

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