Africa Industrialization Day

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2024 DateNovember 20, 2024
2025 DateNovember 20, 2025

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Africa Industrialization Day seeks to promote the importance of industrial development in Africa. It aims to raise awareness about the need for increased investment, sustainable infrastructure, and inclusive economic growth throughout the continent. The key objectives of the observance include accelerating industrialization, boosting job creation, and advocating for the development of small and medium enterprises in Africa.

The United Nations General Assembly first proclaimed Africa Industrialization Day in 1989 through its resolution 44/237. For people in America, this observance presents an opportunity to understand the critical role that industrialization plays in the social and economic progress of African countries. Increased industrialization in Africa can benefit the global economy at large and present new opportunities for American businesses and investors. Moreover, fostering industrial development in Africa can contribute to the growth of a stable and prosperous global community, which is in the best interest of everyone, including Americans.

In America, Africa Industrialization Day is primarily observed through educational events and media campaigns that shed light on the importance of industrialization in Africa and what steps can be taken to bridge the economic gap. Supporters in America include government officials, businesses, NGOs, and individuals who work together to advocate for policies and investments that help drive the growth of job-creating industries in African countries. Africa Industrialization Day is observed on November 20th.

Facts about Africa Industrialization Day

  • The theme for Africa Industrialization Day in 2023 was Harnessing Water and Energy for Africa’s Sustainable Industrialization and Inclusive Economic Transformation.
  • According to the U.N, Africa has 70% of the worlds strategic materials yet only 2% of the world's trade and 1% of global manufacturing.
  • Africa currently only accounts for less than 2 percent of international trade and global manufacturing.
  • In 2018, 44 States of the African Union signed the Agreement Establishing an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This was the largest trade agreement since the World Trade Organization. It created a single African market for goods and services.
  • For Capitalism to work for Africa, just as it has for China and much of East Asia, public policymakers must shake off the shackles of orthodoxy - Nigerian political activist Kingsley Moghalu

Top things to do in the US for Africa Industrialization Day

  • Learn about the history of Africa's nations and how industrialization has been threatened and slowed.
  • Donate to charities like Action Against Hunger or volunteer to help end poverty.
  • Watch a film to better understand conditions that have led to a lower level of industrialization in Africa. Here are our suggestions:
    Beasts of No Nation (2015)
    The Last King of Scotland (2006)
    Blood Diamond (2006)
  • Create awareness and encourage buying goods made in Africa in order to support African industries directly.

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