Special economic zones (SEZs) have not previously been as successful in Africa as in other regions largely due to mismanagement.

However, things may be starting to change in many parts of the continent, as we’re now seeing a growth of commercial enterprise and social development driven by private citizens rather than national governments.

If these socio-economic trends continue, perhaps coupled with improved governance and leadership, we can expect to see SEZs and other economic instruments play a pivotal role in Africa’s economic development. Admittedly that may take a few years.

© Sigi Osagie 2011

Categories: Africa

Comment made on BBC Focus on Africa blog, 10-Jul-2011, in response to the post “Mix it up” by Nick Ericsson, 30-June-2011