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Title:New Roles of Government in Supporting Manufacturing: The Capabilities of Support in Ghana and Zimbabwe
Author:Jackson, Paul
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic terms:Ghana
business promotion
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:This paper examines the roles and capabilities of executive agencies in providing support services to manufacturing in Ghana and Zimbabwe. It asserts that the new roles of government during and after structural adjustment have not been clearly defined and are in fact more complex than running State-owned productive enterprises. The basic shift is said to be from direct provision of goods and services to the provision of an enabling environment through support in areas such as training, information, finance, export and investment promotion and technology. The author focuses on the role of meso-level agencies in changing incentives offered to entrepreneurs and in shifting them out of unproductive activity and into productive entrepreneurship, and outlines some of the preliminary results from related research. There are several factors which influence the capabilities of agencies providing these services. These may be divided into internal (organizational and administrative structures; skills and professionalism of personnel; availability of capital) and external factors (financial and economic conditions; public-private sector interaction; political interference; legal and administrative frameworks). App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.