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Avoiding the mistakes of early industrializers

UNCTAD's latest Africa report

Africa, a latecomer to establishing complex, modernized economies, should strive to do this in a way that uses the continent’s abundant natural resources in an efficient, “green” manner that both raises living standards and protects the environment, the new Economic Development in Africa Report of UNCTAD urges. Carla September reports


The report, subtitled “Structural Transformation and Sustainable Development in Africa”, focuses on the dilemma of accomplishing much-needed economic growth while protecting the environment. While the rest of the world is flocking to the continent for resources that are increasingly scarce elsewhere, the report notes that Africa, with its abundant supplies, had a per capita domestic material consumption of 5.3 tons in 2008 – about half the global average ...

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Sustainable structural transformation needed
Opportunity to start with green production
Don’t follow "grow now, clean up later"
Finance and technology transfer essential

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