Clothing Value Chains and Sub-Saharan Africa: Global Exports, Regional Dynamics and Industrial Development Outcomes
Future Fragmentation Processes. Effectively Engaging with the Ascendancy of Global Value Chains.Cornelia Staritz / Leonhard Plank / Mike Morris
GB, August 2017 | 9781848599604
This rise of textiles and clothing global value chains (GVCs) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is generally perceived as a successful process of beginning the industrial development process through leveraging preferential market access (PMA) and attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). However, simply using an aggregated analysis of SSA clothing exports masks some crucial differences: end-market shifts, the emergence of regional value chains (RVCs), the variety of firm types inserted in different value-chain channels, the political-economy dynamics driving this, and related sustainability and development implications. Within this chapter, different types of firms in the textiles and clothing industry – transnational, regional, diaspora and indigenous – are identified in SSA and their implications for upgrading are described.