Smart Industrialisation Through Trade in the Context of Africa’s Transformation

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
4. August 2017

Africa's experience of industrialisation has been disappointing. Globally, the share of manufacturing in total output rises with per capita income until countries reach upper-middle-income status, then declines as services become more prevalent at higher incomes; however, this has not been the case in Africa. Fresh thinking is needed on how to achieve Africa’s industrialisation objectives, and trade has a key role to play.

This brief, produced by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, explores how the idea of using trade and trade policy to support industrialisation has experienced a recent resurgence, and provides a set of policy recommendations for African economies looking to industrialise smartly through trade.

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