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Faced with COVID-19, innovation will be critical for African companies looking to stay competitive. The digital revolution in Africa necessitates the use of AI technology to advance manufacturing and keep connected with overseas markets.

Industrial innovation is at the heart of progress for African countries. Attempts to develop strong innovation ecosystems are hindered by outdated policies that are no longer relevant to today’s global trends. However, making small changes can make a big difference for Africans’ futures. The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting global markets, it could be beneficial for Africa to catch up with global manufacturing developments. Investments are needed but are not yet forthcoming, these investments would foster trade between regions and promote sustainability.

Technology has been influencing both advanced and developing economies in different ways. Yet, recent trends in Africa and elsewhere in under and emerging markets show that technological upgrading may not be in good shape and that diversification in production is decreasing every year. Technology advancement is also an advantage for African gamblers as they can bet on the website.

With African governments doing very little in the way of supporting the growth of smart and incentivizing industrial innovation policies, Africa will continue to struggle when it comes to making progress. There is also a limited amount of private investments made in innovation across Africa-technology and the digital economy; we see this in ACET’s research findings. Industrial Policy is seeing a global resurgence and world companies are already aggressively seeking out the continent’s resources, materials and low costs.

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African governments may not be able to create robust industrial policies due to their budgetary constraints and the urgency of the COVID-19 response. Governments can take steps that might pay dividends in the future if they collaborate with the private sectors like the South African government by setting up subsidy programs that public-private partnerships can play a role in.

ACET has immersively studied how to help facilitate an effective investment in industrial innovation through policy measures. The analysis had some varied insights ranging from why Africa needs more capital investments to the importance of building capacity on the continent’s intellectual capabilities.

With a look to the future, provide forums and venues for the private sector, technical colleges, universities, and research and development institutions in order to spark innovation.

To promote industrial innovation, there needs to be changed within government departments responsible for industry. There needs to be an increase in funding to prioritize increasing industrial capacity, increasing competence in key areas through training, and investing in essential synergy-linking efforts across the business community.

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Support African firms to be competitive with their peers in lower-middle-income countries. This can be achieved by leveraging recent innovations such as industrial innovation agendas.

To improve access in the informal sector and help small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa, learn from these five lessons in Revolutionary Industrial Innovation in Latin America. Improve access to finance and technical assistance for SMEs in the informal sector, and help them benefit from the innovation being made in larger or related industries by linking them to larger value chains.

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African Countries Must Move Towards Technological Learning and support African start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The next frontier for African progress in industrial innovation. African leaders should have robust, yet realistic, industrial innovation strategies that are inclusive to all sectors, including the private sector.

As part of ACET’s Innovation and Digital Programs, we plan to undertake additional, country-specific case studies. Our goal is to prepare industry briefs and policy pieces to promote an industrial innovation agenda. Moving forward, this process will have joint support from the international community, private sector, governments, and research institutions-it’s going to take a village.

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