A Comparative Analysis of Industrialisation: The Case of the African Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

  • YF April

Abstract

Accelerating industrialisation is critical for African countries in order to reduce poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MNGs). Currently, most of the continent’s member states remain stuck in established trading patterns that rely on exports of raw materials leading Africa to account for just over one per cent of world industry, and industrial development. This article examines whether the African Union (AU) leadership has summoned the necessary political will to ensure that Africa reverses the current process of de-industrialisation. This examination is undertaken by assessing whether criteria for continental industrialisation such as regional integration, have been implemented. The assessment also includes a comparative case study of another regional body, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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eISSN: 1995-641X
print ISSN: 0256-2804