Light Manufacturing in Zambia: Targeted Policies to Enhance Private Investment and Create Jobs

Light Manufacturing in Zambia: Targeted Policies to Enhance Private Investment and Create Jobs

by Hinh T. Dinh, Praveen Kumar, Anna Morris, Fahrettin Yagci
     
 

While Zambia’s recent growth has been impressive, it has not been accompanied with adequate job creation.
To be sustainable and to create productive employment for its people, growth needs to be accompanied by structural transformation. Such transformation entails a growing share of manufacturing output in the economy. Light Manufacturing in Zambia shows that…  See more details below

Overview

While Zambia’s recent growth has been impressive, it has not been accompanied with adequate job creation.
To be sustainable and to create productive employment for its people, growth needs to be accompanied by structural transformation. Such transformation entails a growing share of manufacturing output in the economy. Light Manufacturing in Zambia shows that Zambia has the potential to become regionally competitive in several light manufacturing subsectors by leveraging its comparative advantage in natural resource industries such as agriculture, livestock, and forestry.

Light Manufacturing in Zambia has several innovative features. First, it provides in-depth cost comparisons between Zambia and four other countries in Asia and Africa at sector and product levels. Second, the book uses a wide array of quantitative and qualitative techniques to identify key constraints to enterprises and to evaluate differences in the performance of firms across countries. Third, it uses a focused approach to identify country- and industry- specific constraints. Fourth, it highlights the interconnectedness of constraints and solutions. For example, solving the manufacturing input problem requires actions in agriculture, education,
and infrastructure.

This book suggests directing government policies toward removing constraints in a few of the most promising light manufacturing sectors using practical and innovative solutions inspired by the fast-growing
Asian economies whose starting point 20 years ago was not very different from Zambia’s today. Growing production of light manufacturing goods would allow Zambia to capture more value from its raw materials and create more jobs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821399354
Publisher:
World Bank Publications
Publication date:
06/17/2013
Series:
Directions in Development
Pages:
108
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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