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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 3-04
Local Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa under the Threat of Asian Drivers

Outline

In the recent discussion of Asian Drivers in the globalised economy, local industry studies in Africa have not yet examined the significance of Asian Drivers in Africa. The light industry sector still occupies a significant proportion of domestic manufacturing in Sub-Saharan African countries, and growth of this sector has been encouraged by donor communities through various facilities such as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), the Cotonou Agreement, and the Doha development initiative. However, recent trade expansion between (1) China and Africa and (2) China and developed countries has resulted in a significant influence on market competition for local industries in Sub-Saharan African countries. In Nairobi, Kenya, for example, agglomerated textile industries have lost about 15% of their export market in this inter-developing countries competition. So as in Mwanza, Tanzania, a significant proportion of local clothing traders have been replaced by Chinese traders and traders dealing in Chinese commodities.

This trend is causing important changes in the industrial landscape in the much-affected economies, and now donors and respective governments will have to reconsider the industrial and trade policy measures necessary to encounter or accommodate this new economic environment. This study shows the outline of the affected local industries from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa, amongst others. The sub-sectors covered are textile and garments, the shoe industry, automobiles, and secondhand clothing.

Period

August 2006 - March 2007 

Organizer

YOSHIDA Eiichi

Members of the Research Project

YOSHIDA Eiichi
DING Ke
FUKUNISHI Takahiro
KUCHIKI Akifumi
NISHIURA Akio (Soka Univeristy)
OGAWA Sayaka (Kyoto University ASAFAS)
HARA Hiromichi (JICA Expert in SME Promotion)

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