Industrialisation: The route to Africa’s long awaited development

The chairman Nile Fibreboard Sarbjit Rai (R) shows President Yoweri Museveni some of the plywood products made by his factory in Kinoni, Nakasongola District during the factory’s commissioning in April this year. Government has increased import duty on most products that can or are being produced in Uganda to allow local manufacturers to grow in the market. PHOTO BY PPU

What you need to know:

  • Africa is still as a source of raw materials and value is added elsewhere. To change this narrative, the African Union Commission through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has risen to the occasion to promote industrialisation as part of the key drivers of the AfCFTA and Agenda 2063.

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is now three months old after it was launched by the African Union (AU) during a summit of Heads of States in Nigerian capital, Niamey.

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