Trade and Industry

Wednesday, 01 December 2004

Reinventing Industrial Strategy: The Role of Government Policy in Building Industrial Competitiveness

  • Year: 2004
  • Author(s): Sanjaya Lall
  • Countries and Regions: East African Community (EAC), European Union (EU), Southern African Development Community (SADC)

As liberalization and globalization gather pace, concern with industrial competitiveness is growing, not just in developing countries but also in mature industrial ones. But it is the former that face the most intense competitive pressures: many find that their enterprises are unable to cope with rigours of open markets in exporting and in competing with imports as they open their economies. Some countries are doing very well; the problem is that many are not. Diverging industrial competitiveness in the developing world is one of the basic causes of the growing disparities in income that are now a pervasive feature of the world scene. The immense potential that globalization offers for industrial growth is being tapped by a relatively number of countries, while liberalization is driving the wedge deeper.