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The International Competitiveness and Connections of African Cities: Profiling South Africa’s Gauteng City-Region

  • Joseph Parilla
  • Jesus Leal Trujillo
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Part of the AIB Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Series book series (AIBSSA)

Abstract

Rapid urbanization will define Africa’s demographic future. How, then, can policymakers create urban environments that support economic growth and raise living standards for local households? We examine this question from the perspective of the Gauteng City-Region—the South African mega-metropolis anchored by Johannesburg. The Gauteng City-Region has made significant progress over the past two decades. GDP per capita is nearly one-quarter higher today than in 2000. Educational attainment is up. However, productivity and GDP per capita growth have both slowed since 2010. High levels of unemployment, income inequality, and social exclusion reflect the region’s apartheid legacy. The region can bolster its position as the “Gateway to Africa” by embracing trade and investment, enhancing technology commercialization, and boosting employability through improved connections between school and work.

Keywords

City competitiveness African cities Gauteng City-Region Infrastructure Logistics performance South Africa 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Parilla
    • 1
  • Jesus Leal Trujillo
    • 2
  1. 1.Brookings InstitutionWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.DeloitteWashington, DCUSA

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