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Second Young Scholars Conference on Structural Change and Industrial Policy in Africa

Main Organiser

DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI-ID)

21 June 2022 - 22 June 2022

Online Conference

Website Link

The economic structures of many African countries remain largely commodity-based, without successful industrialisation. As a result, African countries continue to record significant balance of payment deficits as they import manufactured consumer and capital goods. The 2008 global financial crisis, and more recently the global economic downturn associated with COVID-19, revealed the consequences for these commodity-dependent countries. The push towards greater regional integration through the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) has brought to the fore the need to strengthen productive capabilities and to advance industrialisation in African countries to maximise the benefits of trade. There has been a growing emphasis on industrial policy in many African countries in recent years, yet uneven implementation and outcomes. There are important knowledge gaps around various dimensions of structural change and industrial development in Africa, making research in this field especially important.

Following the success of the inaugural conference in 2021, the Second Young Scholars Conference on Structural Change and Industrial Policy in Africa invites papers from young scholars whose work engages with these themes. Research that takes a pluralist perspective is encouraged. The purpose of this conference is to contribute to scholarship on structural change and industrial development and policy in Africa, specifically among young scholars. Most of the conference will proceed in parallel thematic sessions. Senior international scholars will act as discussants to provide feedback on presented papers. The conference will be held virtually, and attendance is free and open to the public, especially young scholars. Certificates confirming presenters’ participation will be provided on request.

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Conference Partners

University of Johannesburg

Young Scholars Initiative (YSI)

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