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Can Africa Use Its Urbanization to Speed Up Industrialization?

The annual Economic Report on Africa (ERA) is a flagship publication of the Economic Commission on Africa (ECA). The 2017 edition is titled; "Urbanization and Industrialization for Africa's Transformation." Africa's prospects, according to the report, will be profoundly shaped by the way the continent's rapid urban transition is managed. The report identifies and analyzes the drivers, enablers and policy levers for strengthening linkages between industrialization and urbanization. It shows that industrialization requires better functioning cities and systems of cities, which in turn require better performing industrialization processes. Read more. More about the ECA in this BRIEFING

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Economic Report on Africa 2017 - Urbanization and Industrialization for Africa's Transformation