A Political Economy Perspective to Southern Africa’s Capacity Challenges and Policy Responses for Industrialization

by Munetsi Madakufamba
This paper explores the political economy of industrialization in Southern Africa. It analyses the capacity challenges facing the African continent in general and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in particular. The paper gives an analysis of the rationale for industrialization which has now arisen as a major policy development aimed at enabling a sustainable transition towards a more enduring economy that is globally competitive. Possible entry points for cooperation with China are proffered while lessons that can be adapted to suit the unique circumstances of the African continent are highlighted.