The book also has recommendations on what donors, the African Union, African Governments, and the new U.S. Administration can do to further assist Africa SMEs. For the US, Sanders notes that as the new U.S. Administration seeks to have markets for its goods and services as part of its efforts to reinvigorate jobs in the US Rust Belt (the Midwest Region), and as Africa SMEs expand their procurement sources and help expand the region’s manufacturing base – both efforts can be synergistic, and help stimulate America's as well as Sub Saharan African economies. There is also an extensive discussion on China called the China Factor – highlighting what it is doing in the Africa SME sector, both the big pluses, like special economic zones, the potential role of the New Development Bank, and becoming the world’s net credit lending country, as well as noting some of the things on which it needs to do better. Other areas of focus in the book are on Africa SME women, youth, the importance of having what she calls a continent-wide "Africa SME Strategic Plan," or Africa SSP, a single, coherent policy and financing approach which African institutions, governments and private sector can work from and together. The book also provides a range of examples of the innovative small businesses on the Continent in areas as far ranging as agriculture, climate change, tourism, and creative apps to improve quality of life.
The prestigious Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) has included Sanders' Africa SME book in its recognized series of Memoirs and Occasional Papers Series (MOPS) given its additional focus on the role and changes in diplomatic approaches to development over the ages, including the shift changes brought about by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
See other stories on Sanders' book and the press release on Africa's premier online media platform Allafrica.com at these links: Sanders' New Book Notes the Insta-impact of Africa's Small Businesses; and, Rise of Africa’s Small & Medium Size Enterprises - Robin Sanders
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