Industry and entrepreneurship


Africa's Development Dynamics 2022

Regional Value Chains for a Sustainable Recovery

Africa’s Development Dynamics uses lessons from Central, East, North, Southern and West Africa to develop policy recommendations and share good practices. Drawing on the most recent statistics, the analysis of development dynamics aims to assist African leaders in reaching the targets of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 at all levels: continental, regional, national and local. The 2022 edition explores how developing regional value chains can help African countries rebound from the socio-economic shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate productive transformation. It targets policy areas where private and public actors can support regional value chains when operationalising the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). African firms can harness digital innovations to reduce production costs, and governments can design policies for skills development, public procurement and foreign investment to strengthen industrial linkages. Two continental chapters examine related African initiatives and global trends. Five chapters tailor policy recommendations to specific value chains in each region. Africa’s Development Dynamics feeds into a policy debate between governments, citizens, entrepreneurs and researchers. It proposes a new collaboration between countries and regions, focusing on mutual learning and the preservation of common goods. This report results from a partnership between the African Union Commission and the OECD Development Centre.

Published on May 25, 2022Also available in: French, Portuguese

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Executive summary
Why regional value chains matter for Africa’s recovery
Strengthening regional value chains in the African Continental Free Trade Area
Integrating value chains in Southern Africa and the automotive industry
Integrating value chains in Central Africa and the wood industry
Integrating value chains in East Africa and the agri-food industry
Integrating value chains in North Africa and the energy industry
Integrating value chains in West Africa and the agri-food industry
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