Africa urged to boost manufacturing to create wealth and jobs

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African countries were on Friday urged to do more to boost their manufacturing sectors to create wealth and jobs.

November 20 is Africa Industrialization Day

The call came from Paul Maseli, of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at the start of an event to mark Africa Industrialization Day.

He said the Day provides an opportunity for Africans "to take stock, assess progress and discuss issues affecting industrialization in Africa."

"In 1990 when the African Industrialization Day was first celebrated, manufacturing accounted for about 17 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. In 2011, it was 11 per cent.  The figures speak for themselves.  Much still needs to be done and it is time now to move from rhetoric to action to start showing results in towns and villages in Africa where abundant availability of natural resources are waiting to be transformed into semi-processed or processed products, creating wealth and generating employment opportunities." (31")

The General Assembly in 1989 designated 20 November as Africa Industrialization Day to raise awareness of the role of industrialization in African development.

It is also aimed at helping galvanize international support from various stakeholders including governments, the private sector and civil society.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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