- International Monetary Fund
- Published Date:
- August 2001
Development Centre Seminars with the IMF and the AERC
Policies to Promote Competitiveness in Manufacturing in Sub-Saharan Africa
Augustin Kwasi Fosu, Saleh M. Nsouli, Aristomène Varoudakis
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AFRICAN ECONOMIC RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (AERC)
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Publié en français sous le titre:
PROMOUVOIR LA COMPÉTITIVITÉ MANUFACTURIÈRE EN AFRIQUE SUBSAHARIENNE
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Table of Contents
Saleh M. Nsouli, Augustin Kwasi Fosu and Aristomène Varoudakis
Ibrahim A. Elbadawi
Francis M. Mwega and Njuguna S. Ndung’u
Adeola Adenikinju, Ludvig Söderling, Charles Soludo and Aristomène Varoudakis
Dalia Hakura and Florence Jaumotte
Sara E. Sievers
Arne Bigsten, Paul Collier, Stefan Dercon, Marcel Fafchamps, Bernard Gauthier, Jan Willem Gunning, Jean Habarurema, Abena Oduro, Remco Oostendorp, Catherine Pattillo, Måns Söderbom, Francis Teal and Albert Zeufack
Saleh M. Nsouli
Augustin Kwasi Fosu
Saleh M. Nsouli and Aristomène Varoudakis
The papers in this volume were presented at a conference organised by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the International Monetary Fund, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 6-7 November 1998.
The conference focused on what is needed to ensure the sustainability of the recent economic recovery in the region and highlighted the importance of Africa’s rapid integration into the global economy. After years of stagnation, many African countries experienced renewed growth in the 1990s, the result, largely, of the broad economic and structural reforms implemented during those years. The region, however, is still heavily dependent on primary commodity exports at a time when such reliance makes these economies particularly vulnerable to swings in the terms of trade and fluctuations in weather conditions. An essential element for integrating the countries into the world economy and reducing their vulnerability to exogenous shocks is to shift away from dependency on primary commodity exports by promoting a more competitive manufacturing sector.
The papers in this volume address three important issues: i) the role of exchange-rate policy in enhancing the competitiveness of African manufactured exports; ii) the steps that can be taken to improve production efficiency; and iii) the role of institutional and structural reforms in promoting competitiveness in manufacturing and in improving Africa’s attractiveness to foreign direct investment. An Epilogue, written by Aristomène Varoudakis, now of the World Bank, evaluates progress and developments since the conference which gave rise to this volume was held.
It is our hope that the materials in this book will serve both the scholars and the policymakers interested in Africa’s continued economic growth and further integration into the global economy.
|Mohsin S. Khan|
|Jorge Braga de Macedo|
OECD Development Centre
|Delphin G. Rwegasira|
List of Abbreviations
African Economic Research Consortium
Communauté francophone d’Afrique
Capital Market Authority
Dynamic theory of comparative advantage
Endogenous growth theory
Foreign direct investment
Gross domestic product
Generalised least squares
Harvard Institute for International Development
Intra-industry trade index
International Monetary Fund
Least squares dummy variable
Nairobi Stock Exchange
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Ordinary least squares
Real effective exchange rate
Real exchange rate
Standard International Trade Classification
Static theory of comparative advantage
Total factor productivity
United Nations Development Programme