How to Build an ‘African Model’ for Success in Manufacturing

How to Build an ‘African Model’ for Success in Manufacturing

When it comes to ramping up manufacturing in Africa, there are myriad impediments, but, given time and effort, they are surmountable, said participants on a panel titled, “Manufacturing: From Asian Tiger to African Lion?” at the recent Wharton Africa Business Forum in Philadelphia.Chief among the reasons why Africa is not yet close to succeeding East Asia as a manufacturing center may be not that there is a lack of money, raw materials or labor, but rather a lack of governmental will.“A number of years ago, I was doing my doctoral research and found that entrepreneurs are everywhere,” said James D. Thompson, co-founder and director of the Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program . “All you have to do is write the rules of the game, and [entrepreneurs] will do what they are genetically pre-disposed to do. There’s a productive entrepreneurship that builds economies, but it needs rules to play by.” Government as Collaborator Herman Bigham, CEO of the environmentally conscious textile business Tosheka Textiles, said it was arduous setting up his business in Kenya, until he realized that his big step had to be getting […]

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