In Focus: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa’s Industrialisation

In Focus: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa’s Industrialisation

Date: November 02, 2017

Guest: Dr. John Page

In this episode of In Focus, we interview Dr. John Page, Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, and Country Director for Tanzania at the International Growth Centre, to get his take on prerequisites for industrialisation, opportunities and challenges for Africa's industrialisation, and role of governments in driving industrialisation.

Dr. John Page

Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, and Country Director for Tanzania at the International Growth Centre

Dr. John Page is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and Country Director for Tanzania in the International Growth Centre, London.

He is also a nonresident Senior Fellow of the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki, Finland, and adjunct professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan. He is a research associate of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and the Oxford Centre for the Study of Resource Rich Economies. He has been a consultant to the African Development Bank, the Global Development Network, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the United Nations Industrial Development Program (UNIDO), USAID and the World Bank.

Dr. Page was formerly Chief Economist for Africa and Director of Poverty Reduction at the World Bank. Prior to his appointment at the World Bank, he was a member of the faculty at Stanford and Princeton Universities. He has held visiting professorships at Princeton, the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and at Georgetown University.

John Page obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and his Doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has published ten books, including The East Asian Miracle: Economic Growth and Public Policy (Oxford: 1993), Africa at a Turning Point? Growth, Aid and External Shocks (World Bank: 2008), Breaking in and Moving Up: Industrial Challenges for the Bottom Billion and the Middle Income Countries (UNIDO: 2009) and Made in Africa: Learning to Compete in Industry (Brookings Institution Press: 2016). He is the author of more than 100 published articles on the economics of developing countries.