‘Made in Africa’: Dialogue on Africa in Global Value Chains
With the dawn of the second wave of globalization, production processes are now unbundled across different locations around the world, hence the concept ‘global value chains’. Amid this, Africa continues to lag behind and currently, much policy debate revolves around restructuring of African economies towards activities with ‘technological content’ and promotion of innovation-driven economies characterized by manufacturing and high value added products. How can companies in Africa better integrate into global value chains? What homegrown solutions are key to development of stronger global value chains for the benefit of the masses and economies? In what ways can technology, innovation, branding and design mitigate business failure and enhance local and global competitiveness?