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Africa’s private sector : what’s wrong with the business environment and what to do about it

Africa’s private sector : what’s wrong with the business environment and what to do about it / Vijaya Ramachandran, Alan Gelb,Manju Kedia Shah.
p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-1-933286-28-0 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1. Privatization-Africa. 2. Business enterprises-Africa. I. Gelb, Alan H. II. Shah, Manju Kedia. III. Title. HD4338.R36 2008 338.96’05-dc22 2008044171 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Africa’s private sector : what’s wrong with the business environment and what to do about it / Vijaya Ramachandran, Alan Gelb,Manju Kedia Shah.
p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-1-933286-28-0 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1. Privatization-Africa. 2. Business enterprises-Africa. I. Gelb, Alan H. II. Shah, Manju Kedia. III. Title. HD4338.R36 2008 338.96’05-dc22 2008044171 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Why is the private sector yet to take off in much of sub-Saharan Africa ? Drawing on a unique set of enterprise surveys, Vijaya Ramachandran and her co-authors identify the biggest obstacles : inadequate infrastructure (especially unreliable electricity and crumbling roads) and burdensome regulations. They then show how ethnic minorities dominate the private sector in many countries, inhibiting competition and demands for a better business environment, and thus impeding the emergence of an entrepreneurial middle class.

Based on this careful diagnosis, the authors suggest investing in infrastructure and reforming regulations to lower the cost of doing business, and increasing the access to education for would-be entrepreneurs to help foster the emergence of a broader-based business class that crosses ethnic divides.

Contents

Front matter

Summary

Introduction

Ch. 1 : The Countries and the Surveys

Ch. 2 : The Business Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ch. 3 : Black Ownership of Businesses in Africa

Ch. 4 : Approaches to Building Africa’s Private Sector

Appendixes

References

Index

Publié le 14 août 2012

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