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A Land-Locked Africa's Growth Strategy: Exports of Knowledge-Based Services

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  • Matsuo Watanabe

    (University of Niigata Prefecture)

  • Hiroyuki Hino

    (Kobe University)

This paper argues for promoting exports of knowledge-based services, including skilled labour, in Uganda as an effective growth strategy for the land-locked Africa. For sustained growth at faster rate to be realised, the international development discourse finds a renewed interest in industrial policy, reflecting individual economies' diverse conditions in political economy and geography, among others-as opposed to the 'one-size-fits-all' prescriptions by donors in the past. Land-locked countries require a geography neutral strategy. To neutralise the disadvantages associated with its land-lockedness (i.e., high transport cost to sea), those countries may want to focus more on exporting skilled labour and ICT-related businesses, e.g. business process outsourcing, rather than on following the traditional export-oriented industrialisation in labour-intensive manufacturing.

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Article provided by Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University in its journal Kobe Economic & Business Review.

Volume (Year): 54 (2010)
Issue (Month): (March)
Pages: 17-39

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Handle: RePEc:kob:review:mar2010::v:54:p:17-39
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