Problems of Large-Scale Industry in Africa

  • D. J. Viljoen
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Abstract

Africa, with an area of 11,700,000 square miles, is the second largest continent and its population is the third largest in the world, viz. 236,000,000, or 8 per cent of the total world population, the sub-Saharan population being approximately one-half of this. Within its boundaries it has more peoples, tribes, languages, and cultures than any other continent. Apart from the European lan guages 812 African languages are known.1. All these peoples are grouped in sixty territories, of which some are self-governing and others are not. Tremendous topographical, climatic, and economic variation and contrast exist within Africa. These differences must be borne in mind if any generalizations are made. An intimate knowledge of the circumstances in each territory is necessary before any reliable recommendation for the economic improvement of the territory can be made.

Keywords

Sugar Europe Transportation Income Nigeria 

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Notes

  1. 1.
    H.M.S.O., Report of the East Africa Royal Commission, 1953–1955, p. 113.Google Scholar
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    W. A. Hance, African Economic Development (1958), p. 85.Google Scholar
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    D. H. Fenn (ed.), Management Guide to Overseas Operations (1957), p. 106.Google Scholar
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    C. Grove Haines (ed.), Africa Today (1955), p. 462.Google Scholar
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    C. Grove Haines (ed.), Africa Today (1955), p. 464.Google Scholar
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    W. Arthur Lewis, op, cit. p. 78; W. Brand, Het streven van de economisch onontwikkelde landen naar een hogerealevensstandsard (1954), pp. 40–3; H. Belshaw, ‘Observations on Industrialisation’, in The Economic Journal, September 1947, pp. 379–87.Google Scholar
  7. H. Belshaw, ‘Observations on Industrialisation’, in The Economic Journal, September 1947, pp. 379–87.Google Scholar

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© International Economic Association 1964

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Viljoen
    • 1
  1. 1.Potchefstroom UniversitySouth Africa

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