Sunday July 13th 2014

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‘Manufacturing and Industrials’ Archives

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo remains one of the least developed countries in the world, due to its poor capacity to develop its enormous production potential. Structural weaknesses, lack of infrastructure and governance issues since independence in 1960 are some of the reasons for the absence today of an industrial fabric that could make this [...]

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Chad

Four decades of fighting have prevented Chad from building a solid and diversified industrial foundation and participating in global value chains (GVCs). Before oil was found, cotton, introduced in the 1920s, was the main economic activity and brought in a lot of money to fund development. It accounted for two-thirds of export earnings and one [...]

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde’s natural and geographic conditions combine a lack of non-renewable natural resources, a lack of sizeable arable land, a dry climate, which makes it unsuited for large-scale agriculture, and a relative small population of 500 000 dispersed in nine islands. These conditions have limited the country´s ability to integrate into global [...]

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Kenya

Kenya has a range of value chains in floriculture, textiles, leather, automotive production, intermediate and final manufacturing, music industry and tourism. It is evident that the country is generally at the low end of the value chain, given that a large component of Kenya’s exports is in raw materials (e.g. coffee, tea, animal products) which [...]

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Burundi

The analysis of value chains in Burundi aims to: organize the population from the base up around high-growth-potential sectors; integrate persons demobilized and displaced by successive conflicts into producer and trader organizations to empower them; improve the population’s access to energy, social services and markets to support the [...]

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso plays only a small role in GVCs. For decades Burkina Faso’s participation in value chains was essentially through its agriculture, with cotton being the main product. The situation has changed substantially since 2000, with the extractive industries now being centre stage. This is especially the case for gold: production rose to [...]

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Botswana

Botswana has an open economy. In 2012, imports and exports of goods and services amounted to 99.78% of GDP, with 47.02 percentage points accounted for by exports. As in other developing nations, Botswana’s commodities sectors and tourism are, by value, the most engaged in global value chains. Official data from 2003-12 suggest that the sectors [...]

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Benin

Global value chains (GVCs) can provide the Beninese economy with an opportunity for integration into international trade and a chance to attract foreign direct investment to exploit its potential. GVCs are embryonic in Benin. Several activity sectors – including agriculture, agro-food and tourism – could be integrated into GVCs if they were [...]

Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Algeria

The main activities concerning productive potential that are integrated into GVCs are oil and gas, agri-food, the extractive industries and mining, and foreign trade in goods and services(exports and imports). In 2011, the main productive sectors that contributed to GDP were oil and gas (36.0%), services (19.7%) and agriculture (8.1%). Industry, [...]

Importance of Plugging African SMEs into Industrial Global Value Chains

An important feature of the new global environment is the increased internationalization of industrial production. Production is being increasingly segmented in different stages located in different countries, according to the competitive advantages of each location. This so-called globalization of the value chain, or global value chain, allows [...]