Africa Rising?, Perhaps Not

From Emergent Africa Tue Jan 8 2013, 06:00:00

In FP Rick Rowden writes about The Myth of Africa's Rise he expands on a point we have posted on repeatedly.In other words without a massive growth in manufacturing the continent will remain poor and backward. No amount of consumption will compensate for a lack of industrialization.He writes:

From late 15th century England all the way up to the East Asian Tigers of recent renown, development has generally been taken as a synonym for "industrialization." Rich countries figured out long ago, if economies are not moving out of dead-end activities that only provide diminishing returns over time (primary agriculture and extractive activities such as mining, logging, and fisheries), and into activities that provide increasing returns over time (manufacturing and services), then you can't really say they are developing.In response to recent boosterism articles by the Economist and Time he states:

What's striking about the two articles cited above is that they don't mention manufacturing, or its disturbing absence, in Africa. And that, in turn, confirms once again the extent to which the idea of development as industrialization has been completely abandoned in the last few decades. Free market economics has come to ...

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Nigeria:   Military Frees Most Abducted Students, Eight Missing (news)
Premium Times
16 April 2014

The Nigerian military has confirmed that it has freed majority of the 129 female students of the Government Girls' Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. [read more]

Kenya:   Hundreds Deported in Terror Crackdown (news)
Capital FM
16 April 2014

Some 225 illegal immigrants are set to be deported to various countries in the ongoing crackdown following increased terror threats. [read more]

Southern Africa:   Botswana Boycotts Regional Polls (news)
SW Radio Africa
16 April 2014

Botswana's President Ian Khama has reiterated that his country will no longer take part in regional election observer teams, because of the flawed polls in Zimbabwe last year. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!