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Value Chains and Industrialisation

Volume 3, Issue 5 (May 2014)

08-05-2014

ECDPM. 2014. Thematic Focus: Value Chains and Industrialisation. GREAT Insights Magazine - Volume 3, Issue 5. May 2014.

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Editorial

By San Bilal – Head of Economic Transformation Programme, ECDPM
Global value chains have become a key feature of the globalisation process, thus attracting increasing attention and scrutiny. The nature of trade has been changing as a result of technology and interconnected production patterns …

Features

The return of industrial policy in Africa
By Li Yong – Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Industrial policy is rapidly advancing in the African continent. Development partners should support African governments to effectively promote the transformation of their economies …

Are global value chains good new for Africa’s industrialisation?
By Pedro Conceiçao (UNDP), Jan Rieländer (OECD), Abebe Shimeles (AfDB) and Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte(OECD)
International trade is changing. Modern communication technologies and falling transport costs have led to the emergence of global value chains (GVCs). These are production networks in which components are traded several times …

Global value chains in perspective
By Maarten Smeets – Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, WTO
The issue of global value chains (GVC) is very topical today in light of international trade patterns that are constantly changing, shifting comparative advantages, new forms of specialisation that are emerging …

Paved with good intentions: Global value chains and industrialisation in Africa
By Africa Kiiza – SEATINI-Uganda
Despite the divergent views on what it means and what it should and should not imply, “Global Value Chains” is a concept that strongly emerged in recent years especially at the World Trade Organization …

Integration and regional and global value chains

Understanding who benefits from gold mining
By Terry Heymann – World Gold Council
The international development community has paid increasing attention in recent years to the potential for the mining industry to act as an engine for growth and poverty reduction. There is decreasing support for the view that a ‘resource curse’ is inevitable …

Transforming Africa through agricultural sophistication
By Ousmane Badiane and Julia Collins – International Food Policy Research Institute
The international development community has paid increasing attention in recent years to the potential for the mining industry to act as an engine for growth and poverty reduction. There is decreasing support for the view that a ‘resource curse’ is inevitable …

Constructing market through value chains: For whose benefit?
By Alex Park – Mother Jones magazine
Aid agencies are using value chains to build basic market infrastructure in African agriculture, but in doing so, they tie the interests of small farmers to the demands of multinational wholesalers …

Can Africa learn from East Asian production networks?
By Fukunari Kimura – Keio University, Tokyo and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN & East Asia
It is a good thing that people start talking about global value chains (GVCs) as an engine of economic growth. International industrial linkages can certainly enhance possibilities to introduce economic dynamism …

Economic Transformation in Mauritius: A Heterodox Journey
By Isabelle Ramdoo – Deputy Head of Economic Transformation Programme, ECDPM
In less than fifty years since its independence, Mauritius has managed to trace a remarkable development path. Yet, at the time of independence, all the conditions were gathered to meet the predictions of the prophets of doom …

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In addition to structural support by ECDPM’s institutional partners The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria, this particular issue also benefits from funding from the Department of International Development (DFID), United Kingdom. 

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