Today, Africa’s industrial sector lags behind the rest of the world. Most African countries remain at the bottom of the global value chains, struggling to harness the added value from the continent large natural resources. Poor business environments, insufficient infrastructure and a brain drain, driving highly qualified profiles out of the continent, usually justify lacks of investments. However, growing regional integration on the continent, allowing goods and people to move more swiftly, could present new opportunities to kick-start Africa’s industrial sector. Furthermore, comprehensive and strategic partnerships between the EU and Africa could also provide solutions to increase the continent’s industrial competitiveness. How can Africa harness these opportunities to move up the global value chains and develop the competitiveness of its industries?
Hear Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea; Marcel Amon-Tanoh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Ivory Coast; Mochine Jazouli, Deputy Miistry to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of African Cooperation of Morocco; Leila Mokaddem, Country Manager Morocco of the African Development Bank; and Saïd Ibrahimi, CEO of Casablanca Finance City.
Join the session ‘Towards an inclusive and sustainable industry in Africa’ on 28 November at 17:00 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Marrakech.