Industry feels the concept of ‘Made in Africa’ is the right direction to take, to make Africa the powerhouse that it can be. But for the initiative to be a success, issues of tax benefits, single window clearances, heavy duties on imports, imparting of skill-based training to the labour force and development of infrastructure need to be sorted out first.
In order to make “Made in Africa” a success there are some policies which need to be put in place:
- Increase focus on the production potential of villages and towns.
- Work to reduce the opportunity gap for the masses.
- Apply clear strategies and supportive policies to support the manufacturing sector.
- Cost of energy has to be reduced and alternative sources have to be invested in so as to significantly reduce manufacturing costs.
- Percolation of the latest technology has to happen swifter than it does now. With the rapid advancement in technology, Africa cannot be
- left behind if it wants to stay ahead in the manufacturing game.
And as with every vibrant opportunity, it is imperative that we first troubleshoot the problems that will stun this growth in any way. Some of the more urgent ones are:
� Privatisation of public sector enterprises.
� Development of infrastructure is a priority.
� Increasing ease of business.
� Anti-dumping initiatives need to be looked into in our industry specifically.
� Investment into skill development-moving labour from non-skilled to semi- skilled and eventually skilled.
To make ‘Made in Africa’ a success the following steps should be followed
� Manufacturers should get support on relaxation of taxes.
� Heavy duty on imports should be reduced.
� Emphasis on quality of production.
� To get skilled labour, government should promote imparting of skill-based training.
� Manufacturers should be provided with easy finance schemes at low interest.
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And lastly Africa should Identify, associate and develop craftsmen and artists from rural African villages and townships and contemporaries maintaining their ethnic appeal and core, to take them to international platform.