A green path to in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion ...

Africa Renewal - - In­ter­view -

Arab Emi­rates, ac­cord­ing to Nige­ria’s en­vi­ron­ment min­istry. Also, the Tata Group of In­dia is plan­ning to es­tab­lish in Nige­ria a mass tran­sit sys­tem of com­pressed nat­u­ral gas ve­hi­cles to re­duce emis­sions.

The ECA eco­nomic re­port rec­om­mends a step-by-step “sys­temic ap­proach,” with a fo­cus on value chains in agri­cul­ture, en­ergy ex­trac­tives, man­u­fac­tur­ing, trans­port and water. Coun­tries must iden­tify green in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion en­try points, set poli­cies that sup­port green in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion and mo­bi­lize re­sources from the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, rec­om­mends the re­port.

The re­port fur­ther stresses that in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture and in­no­va­tion are crit­i­cal and that coun­tries should share best prac­tices, strengthen na­tional in­sti­tu­tions and con­stantly re­view their green in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion poli­cies and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Over­all, a gen­eral be­lief among Africa’s de­vel­op­ment experts is that go­ing green — and clean—is no longer a moral ques­tion; it is now a so­cioe­co­nomic im­per­a­tive. They view it as the new path­way to Africa’s in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion.

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