Competitiveness Strategy and Industrial Performance in by G. Wignaraja

By G. Wignaraja

Globalization and structural adjustment provide many possibilities for export oriented industrialization in constructing economies. As a gaggle, competitiveness within the constructing international locations has superior, yet, whereas East Asian economies have had quick export development and technological enhancements, South Asian and African economies have lagged at the back of. outdated buildings, associations, behavioural styles and public guidelines are ill-adapted to accommodate the demanding situations posed by way of technological switch and financial liberalization. for this reason there's an pressing desire for switch in govt and personal quarter attitudes and strategies.This quantity seeks to generalise the teachings throughout constructing nation and company situations, and sheds gentle on which alternate and commercial techniques and tools paintings most sensible, and which don't paintings, with regards to production competitiveness.

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But there is an active debate on how fast quantitative restrictions and tariffs should be removed within a policy thrust of outward-orientation (see Amsden, 2001). Gradual import liberalisation may be justified on economic grounds in large developing economies with a long industrial experience, a core of potentially competitive enterprises, well functioning technological and marketing support institutions and a business-friendly government. China might be a case in point. Otherwise, rapid import liberalisation would be optimal for our typical developing economy.

Persistent infrastructural problems in a given developing economy can significantly raise transaction costs for its enterprises relative to those in competitor economies. For instance, bottlenecks in the availability of air and sea cargo space and high charges feed into uncompetitive pricing, missed foreign buyer deadlines, poor country reputation and cancellation of repeat ordering. Similarly, long delays in accessing utilities like telephone and electricity connections during business start-up or expansion raise production costs and wastage of management time.

The second, supply-side policies, are geared to overcome systems failures which impede collective learning processes and the creation of new competitive advantages by enterprises. These include education and training, technological support, industrial finance and attraction of FDI and small firm promotion. The point to stress is that it is the interaction of incentive and supply-side policies that determines industrial success in developing countries. Whereas the second element involves largely non-sector specific measures, the third element emphasises detailed actions to improve the competitiveness of specific industrial clusters within a developing country.

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