South Africa and other African countries are facing rapid de-industrialisation at a time of unprecedented technological developments, with the emergence and convergence of new technologies such as ICTs, nanotechnology, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is also taking place at a time when Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into Africa are on the rise. To attain SDG9—Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure - African countries will need to devise innovative ways to stem dis-industrialisation and effectively engage in ways of enhancing manufacturing.
The short course in Innovation in Industrialisation presents you with lessons (particularly from East Asia) on how best to spur industrial development through innovation. The course covers topics on concepts of industrial change, innovation in industrialisation, sustainability considerations in industrialisation, lessons from Asia: Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan and the way forward for industrialisation in South Africa (Africa).