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Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Sciences (JETEMS)

ISSN: 2141-7024


Article Title:
Capacity Building in the Manufacturing Sector of the Economy as a Means for National Sustainable Development in African States
by Augustine I. Okolo

In recent times, the economy of many African States had evolved over and over and societal needs have changed tremendously thus requiring well-thought out plans that will ensure domestication of appropriate technology to meet the needs of citizens in the different countries across Africa. Sustainable development can be classified as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. Creating sustainable development in any given country, which guarantees reaching economic, environmental and social goals, to a considerate extent depends on having a thriving manufacturing and industrial sector. Hence capacity building in the manufacturing sector of the economy will definitely foster national sustainable development of African countries. Concerted efforts ought to be made by all stakeholders in the respective African countries to evolve an appropriate road map that will develop technology which will foster robust build up of capacity in the manufacturing sector of their respective economy. This cuts across from good government policies, proper implementation and regulation of such policies, down to re-orientation of curricula of engineering courses in tertiary education institutions in these countries, to achieve this goal. Furthermore, the contribution of manufacturing as a share of total economic output in many African countries has generally declined. Many factors have contributed to the variation in sector share through time, which shows both the vulnerability of manufacturing to global economic pressures and summersaults of policies in some of the countries. This paper is aimed at x-raying the manufacturing sector of African economies, touching on issues surrounding capacity building in the sector as a means to national sustainable development.
Keywords: technology, policy, standards, industry, integration, manufacturing, sustainable, capacity.
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