Focus on African industry
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nattions. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The following article is written with one main purpose in mind to provoke a sense of self- examination on the part of the reader as to why Africa has failed to industrialize and how it can go about initiating some process of industrial growth in the 1990s and beyond. The article will have achieved some purpose from the self-examination by different readers if intensive discussions are conducted at various levels, especially by industrial entrepreneurs, policy makers and academics in the industrial, social and cultural fields. The article takes it as a basic premise that industrialization can occur within any region or country so long as the right conditions are existent for the necessary period of time. It is, therefore, thought particularly important to identify the most critical parameters that constitute the right conditions for industrialization before proceeding to the definition of the options that Africa has in the 19905 and beyond.