A systemic perspective in understanding the successful emergence of non-traditional exports: two cases from Africa and Latin America

Iizuka, Michiko and Gebreeyesus, Mulu (2012). A systemic perspective in understanding the successful emergence of non-traditional exports: two cases from Africa and Latin America. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Iizuka, Michiko
    Gebreeyesus, Mulu
    Title A systemic perspective in understanding the successful emergence of non-traditional exports: two cases from Africa and Latin America
    Publication Date 2012
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract Due to recent revival of interest on industrial policy, there have been many attempts to design policy tools to facilitate the successful emergence of new industry, which in turn may help developing countries to transform structurally to a developmental path. Often, however, the existing policy framework lacks the systemic and dynamic perspective of industry. In this context we consider the 'function of innovation system' to be a useful policy tool and have therefore adapted the framework to analyse two cases from developing countries. We investigate the Ethiopian flower industry and the Chilean salmon industry, both of which are successful cases of non-traditional agricultural exports. This comparison enables us to identify the emerging sequence and content of functions at the 'formative' and 'growth' phases of industry for developing countries. These are significantly different from those of developed countries. The identification of such characteristics, based on the 'functions of innovation system' framework, should support effective policy interventions in other developing countries.
    UNU Topics of Focus Agriculture
    Keyword Non traditional export
    Function of innovation system
    Developing countries
    Agriculture
    Self-discovery
    JEL O13
    O25
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2012
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