Monday, 1 February 2016

Make in Africa: A lesson from India

Make in Africa: A lesson from IndiaMake in Africa has initiated the silencing of guns by 2020 with the establishment of peace & security, democratic elected government and building Pan-Africa having self-reliance and capacity to finance its own development models. It is a pertinent question to know from where the economic Growth will come up. 2/3rd of the total commodities are used for the internal consumption in Africa. The growth in Service sector in Africa has been registered, lowest fiscal pressure on GDP, manufacturing value added (MVA) is going up and the huge drive against the debt are the strong indicators for the growth with quality fulfills one of the criteria for the make in Africa. Skilled labour is driving force of economic growth and this skilling mantra will enhance Africa’s employability and understandings towards technical and vocational education and training. The lesson from India is regarded as important to achieving relevant and high-quality education for all and education for sustainable development in Africa.  

The priority for industrial revolution with the complexity of value chain entangled with the Micro, Small and Medium Entreprises (MSME) seems to be a prerequisite for the developmental growth in Africa and the lesson from India will strengthen this make in Africa agenda into a reality. The best example of Amul India based on cohesive development model with the grouping of thousands of MSME in Indian society.  

African industrialization needs a commodity based industrialization having different sectoral development with the proper Intellectual Property Rights and the registration of patents. To begin with, agriculture cum agro-processing, education, science & technology (S&T), health & pharmaceutical, mining, oil & gas and infrastructure industries are some of the priority industrial sectoral development. The shares of different types of industry will change as African countries increase their per capita GDP.

This is the time to strengthen agriculture and the resources (such as food & beverages, tobacco, textiles, wearing apparels, wood product, paper, printing & publishing, furniture and rubber) move into low, medium and high tech industries account for MVA will generate employment growth.   This industrial sectoral development needs a customer oriented market that reminds us to shape and rebuilding the regional economic communities (RECs). African population has full of youngsters that needs a better education, skill development followed by employment opportunities should be the part of make in Africa and Indian experiences can become lesson learning for the whole continent. India’s experiences of agriculture and development of agroprocessing sector along with the others and connected with S&T discussed on priority during the third India Africa Forum Summit.

India, the African Union and RECs will enhance the ongoing cooperation in the areas of capacity building, human resource development, agriculture and industrial development and soft loans for regional projects among others.   To enhance the skill in different sectors and rich experiences with Africa, Government of India has offered 300 fellowships (75 per year, i.e. 50 Masters and 25 Ph.D.) under the India-Africa Fellowship Program started in 2010- 11. To support the human resource development in Africa, Government of India has implemented placements for 300 fellowships (75 per year, i.e. 50 Masters and 25 Ph.D.) to be provided for 4 years (2010-14) for students/faculty/ professionals of African continent. Read More.....


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