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Global Value Chains and Africa's Industrialisation

Theme 2014
Global Value Chains and Africa's Industrialisation

This thematic edition of the African Economic Outlook 2014 (AEO) looks at how Africa can make the most of global value chains to implement its industrialisation agenda, and upgrade its capacity within value chains.

Global Value Chains and Africa's Industrialisation

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.

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Global Value Chains and Africa's Industrialisation


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