Economic Diversification in Africa

A Review of Selected Countries

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This study provides an empirical review of the role of governments, the private sector, regional economic institutions and the broader international community in driving economic diversification. Individual case studies of five African economies describe both the catalysts of and barriers to diversification. The study is published jointly by the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA) and the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative.


Introduction to Economic Diversification

For more than a decade, African countries have been enjoying high levels of economic growth, human development, and political stability. As they continue along the path of economic progress, it is imperative that they find ways to diversify their economies, namely by strengthening non-traditional sectors; expanding their range of products and exports; and engaging with new economic and development partners.


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