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Given the serious problems with political stability and government racketeering in much of Africa, I wonder how much industry really could be exported to Africa.  Admittedly, there is still a fair amount of room for the rest of SE Asia to expand, but still.
by Zwackus on Mon Oct 16th, 2006 at 12:26:40 AM EST
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Stability is important, however in a sourcing system where the international corporation does little more than source products, and locals provide the labor and captial, it matters far less.

Far more important would be the costs of transportation.   Africa has long coastlines, but how many cities have the infrastructure needed to transport goods to export points (ports, railroads for export to Europe, etc)  If the transportation infrastructure doesn't exist then the additional costs of transportation have to be subtracted from the lower labour costs.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Oct 16th, 2006 at 12:57:26 AM EST
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