Bringing Africa into the manufacturing global value chain

by Joseph Ngwawi
This Paper seeks to unpack how SADC and the rest of Africa can seize the opportunities presented by the region’s – and continent’s – strategic cooperation with global partners, particularly with China. The paper argues that since natural resources – energy, minerals, and agriculture – will remain Africa’s comparative advantage for the foreseeable future, the priority of any active transformation strategy should be to establish a strong, diversified resource-based economy that takes advantage of the blossoming economic ties with China.