Introduction: Reflecting on Africa’s Contemporary Dynamics

  • Carlos Lopes


The Africa rising narrative has been replaced of late by new doubts about the real potential for the continent to sustain growth and respond to pressing demographic challenges. It is important to contextualise the more positive views of the continent that have marked the first decade and a half of this century. It was most about the opportunities to expand markets and the commodity boom super cycle dynamics. Now that reality checks are back it is time to assess the condition for economic structural transformation. Industrialisation has a key role to play. Recent studies doubt Africa’s possibilities of implementing an export-led industrialisation model. Africa needs to find its own model.


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  • Carlos Lopes
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  1. 1.Mandela School of Public GovernanceUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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