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Title:
Industrializing Africa : development options and challenges for the 21st century
Author:
Alemayehu, Makonnen.
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Publication Information:
Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xvi, 521 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780865436527

9780865436534
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Book

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There are hundreds of books on African industry. This one helps remedy such paucity. Unlike other books on industry, it introduces the reader to the political, social, and economic conditions of the continent, thus providing the reader with background setting. This is an important feature of the book for the majority of readers whose exposure to the African situation might be limited. The rest of the book deals with the core subject matter, manufacturing. It discusses natural and human resources, infrastructures and progress in improving constraints on industrial development; reviews industrial development; identifies industrial priorities; suggests options for implementing the priorities; and presents strategies for the development of manufacturing.Meeting basic needs (food, health, clothing, shelter, education and transportation) is the basis for identification of priority industries. Africa now depends on imports to offset the lack of local grown foods. This option is unaffordable to most African countries who have inadequate foreign exchange earnings. The author advocates that the only option possible for African countries is increasing local agricultural production and processing these products into viable commodities.The book contains a wealth of information, including 78 annexes. It is a gold mine of information (for a region where information is hard to come by) for potential investors, governments, consulting firms, R&D institutions, universities and individuals interested in African affairs.


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An introduction to the political, social, and economic conditions of the continent, which provides the reader with a background setting to the existing conditions today. Includes over 78 annexes which contain hard-to-find information relating to various economic aspects of the economy by country.