From Survival to Growth: Industrial Clusters and Micro-Enterprises in Africa

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2009
Room: Hôtel Ivoire, Salle des Fêtes II
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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  • Ms. Megumi MUTO, Research Fellow, JICA Research Institute
  • World Bank, Africa Region (tbc)
  • Member country government, (tbc)
  • Ms. LeilaMOKADEM,Manager, Financial Intermediation and Microfinance Division, Private Sector Department, AfDB

The objective of this seminar is to present the main findings of the African Enterprise Study in which the AERC, FASID/GRIPS, World Bank and JICA jointly investigated the determinants of private sector growth in Africa with a focus onmicro-small level enterprises located in industrial clusters.

Private sector in Africa consists of high performing firms including FDIs and those owned by ethnic  minorities, followed by a wide array of active, indigenous and often informalmicro-small scale enterprises.  However, there is amissingmiddle: few small enterprises grow successfully to become medium scale enterprises that become the engine of endogenous growth. How to fill in this missing middle towards sustainable private sector growth in Africa is the central question of this seminar.