- “African countries must not shy away from manufacturing, but instead prepare by increasing access to internet, investing in technical skills and promoting technological innovation,” said Karishma Banga a senior research officer at ODI.
- ODI’s report, Digitalisation and the Future of Manufacturing in Africa, found that in furniture manufacturing, the cost of operating robots and 3D printers in the US will be cheaper than Kenyan wages by 2034.
- Currently the cost of operating robots in furniture manufacturing is still higher than labour, but this will not be the case within 15 years”, Dirk Willem te Velde, director of the Supporting Economic Transformation programme at ODI, said in a statement.
- It advises African nations to expand access to broadband and develop locals’ technical skills through vocational training, technology hubs, and a bigger focus on STEM subjects in African educational bodies.
- “If done well, automation can present important opportunities for African countries by improving labour productivity in manufacturing,” she said.
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