Of the 54African states, only South Africa is categorised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) amongst industrialised countries. The economic activities in Africa are still dominated by the production and trade of agricultural and mineral commodities. This situation is in spite of the longstanding Africa--European Union (EU) co-operation, which intends, among other things, to support Africa’s industrialisation endeavours.
Imperatively, a long road to substantive levels of industrialisation still lies ahead of most African countries. This raises the question as to what role the international community could and should play in the twenty-first century to provide the support needed to expedite Africa’s industrial transformation.
This book argues that to supplement the initiatives of each African country, international partnerships, of both a ‘North–South’ and ‘South–South’ nature, will serve better purposes if they are leveraged to develop productive capacities in African economies. In order to enable the African countries to leverage their traditional partnership with the EU for industrialisation, a paradigm shift is obligatory. A feasible model should emulate the Japanese-led ‘flying geese’ model and the Chinese-led ‘bamboo capitalism’ model.
PART I 1. Leveraging African-European Union co-operation for industrialization 2. Theoretical arguments for industrialization-driven development 3. The urge to industrialise African countries 4. Integration in the global industrial economy of the African and comparator regions PART II 5. Integration of the industrial development agenda in sub-regional development strategies 6. Pan-African and multilateral schemes and Africa’s industrialisation 7. Integration of the industrial development agenda in national development strategies 8. Integration of the industrial development agenda in national development strategies PART IV 9. Industrial development agenda in Sub-Saharan African-European Union co-operation arrangements 10. Industrial development agenda in African Maghreb-European Union co-operation arrangements PART V 11. Pathways to Africa’s industrialization 12. Reengineering Africa-EU partnership for industrialisation PART VI 13. Reengineering Africa-European Union partnership for industrialization 14. Reengineering Africa-European Union partnership for industrialization