Production processes have become increasingly fragmented across the globe as companies seek out competitive locations for their various production tasks. In this new trade reality, developing countries are no longer obliged to create entire industries to participate in competitive markets. They can now access global value chains directly by providing specific skills or products to international production networks. This opens up new and quicker routes for development. Currently, Africa captures a small but growing share of trade in global value chains, with sectors integrating differently. Its share in global trade in value added grew from 1.4% in 1995 to 2.2% in 2011.
Theme analysis by
country and year
Entrepreneurship and industrialisation
Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation
Regional development and spatial inclusion
Global Value Chains and Africa's Industrialisation
Structural Transformation and Natural Resources
Promoting Youth Employment
Africa and its Emerging Partners
Public Resource Mobilisation and Aid in Africa
Innovation and ICT in Africa
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