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[IWS] OECD: AFRICAN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK 2014 [19 May 2014]
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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
AFRICAN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK 2014 [19 May 2014]
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Press Release 19 May 2014
African countries need to tap global markets more effectively to strengthen their economies, says new African Economic Outlook
19/05/ 2014 – By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings.
Produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this year’s report shows that Africa has weathered internal and external shocks and is poised to achieve healthy economic growth rates.
The continent’s growth is projected to accelerate to 4.8 percent in 2014 and 5 to 6 percent in 2015, levels which have not been seen since the global economic crisis of 2009. Africa’s economic growth is more broad-based, argues the report, driven by domestic demand, infrastructure and increased continental trade in manufactured goods.
said Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice-President of the African Development Bank.
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The report argues that more effective participation in regional and global value chains - the range of activities in different countries that bring a product from conception to delivery to the consumer – could serve as a springboard for Africa in economic diversification, domestic resource mobilisation and investments in critical infrastructure. In order to do so, however, the continent needs to avoid getting stuck in low value-added activities.
For instance, Africa’s exports to the rest of the world grew faster than those of any other region in 2012, but they remain dominated by primary commodities and accounted for only 3.5 percent of world merchandise exports in 2012.
Avoiding that trap involves investing in new and more productive sectors, building skills, creating jobs and acquiring new technology, knowledge and market information. These interventions require sound public policies, as well as entrepreneurs that are willing and capable of helping achieve these gains.
The report uses the example of South Africa, which achieved a remarkable turnaround in its automotive industry by removing obstacles and providing incentives for component producers and assembly lines. It also shows that the development of agribusiness value chains in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia has contributed to economic growth and job creation.
“ said Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre.
The African Economic Outlook shows that there has been remarkable progress in human development, with lower poverty levels, rising incomes and improving rates of school enrollment and health coverage.
Further achieving real human development gains requires empowering people and ensuring environmental sustainability, so that economic growth can yield benefits for all. In order for value chains to effectively integrate the poor and marginalized, often including women, targeted public policies and inclusive business models should facilitate access to productive assets such as land and financing, enhance productivity, and improve the resilience of small producers.
said Pedro Conceição, Chief Economist at UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa.
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