Upgrading in Value Chain: The Case of Sub-Saharan African Countries

Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Globalization has provided many opportunities for developing countries to integrate the world trade. Upgrading in Global Value Chain (GVC) is the efficient way to increase a country’s international competitiveness. This paper’s aim is to analyze and evaluate the factors that determine firms upgrading in sub-Saharan African countries. Using firm’s data of three sub-Saharan African countries (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Mauritius) for the year 2009, our analysis shows that the selling price as firms profit indicator, the firms size, the ownership, the level of firms integration, the justice system, the access to finance and the unfair competition of informal sector influence firm’s upgrading decisions.

JEL Classification

F15 L25 H32 O55 


Global value chains Upgrading Firms Sub-Saharan Africa 

Supplementary material


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ministry of High EducationYaoundeCameroon
  2. 2.University of Yaounde 2YaoundeCameroon

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