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Policies to Promote Competitiveness in Manufacturing in Sub-Saharan Africa

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06 July 2001
9789264193772 (PDF) ;9789264187054(print)

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Primary commodities dominate African exports, yet these products are extremely vulnerable to variations in weather conditions, world demand and prices. If the continent is to obtain optimum benefit from the integration and opening of the world economy, this heavy reliance on primary products must be reduced. There is, thus, a new and important role for African countries’ manufacturing industries. The papers in this volume address three important issues: the role of exchange-rate policy in enhancing the competitiveness of African manufactured exports; the steps that can be taken to improve production efficiency; and the role of institutional and structural reforms in promoting competitiveness in manufacturing and in improving Africa’s attractiveness to foreign direct investment. An Epilogue evaluates progress and developments since the conference which gave rise to this volume was held.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Mohsin S. Khan, Jorge Braga de Macedo and Delphin G. Rwegasira
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1. Promoting Competitiveness in Manufacturing in Sub-Saharan Africa by Saleh M. Nsouli, Augustin Kwasi Fosu and Aristomene Varoudakis
Part I. The Role of Exchange Rate Policy in Promoting Competitiveness
Chapter 2. Can Africa Export Manufactures? Endowments, Exchange Rates, and Transaction Costs by Ibrahim A. Elbadawi
Chapter 3. Kenya's Recent Exchange Rate Policy and Manufactured Export Performance by Francis M. Mwega and Njuguna S. Ndung'u
Part II. Enhancing the Effectiveness of Production Factors
Chapter 4. Structural Factors Affecting Market Competitiveness: Comparative Results from Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, and Senegal by Adeola Adenikinju, Ludvig Soderling, Charles Soludo, and Aristomene Varoudakis
Chapter 5. The Role of Trade in Technology Diffusion by Dalia Hakura and Florence Jaumotte
Part III. Building an Appropriate Institutional Environment to Promote Competitivemess
Chapter 6. Competitiveness and Foreign Direct Investment in Africa by Sara E. Sievers
Chapter 7. Exporting and Efficiency in African Manufacturing by Arne Bigsten, Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Marcel Fafchamps, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Jean Habarurema, Abena Odura, Remco Oostendorp, Cathering Pattilo, Mans Soderbom, Francis Teal and Albert Zeufack
Part IV. Concluding Comments
Chapter 8. Issues in Competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa by Saleh M. Nsouli
Chapter 9. A Panoramic View of Policies for Competitiveness in Manufacturing in Sub-Saharan Africa by Augustin Kwasi Fosu
Epilogue: Promoting Competitiveness in Manufacturing: A Continuing Challenge for Improving Sub-Saharan Africa's Integration into the Global Economy by Saleh M. Nsouli and Aristomene Varoudakis

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