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African manufacturers have been urged to exert concerted efforts to speed up the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa as part of Africa’s drive toward industrialization.

The call was made on Monday during the inaugural meeting of the Pan-African Manufacturers Association (PAMA), at the headquarters of the AU Commission in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“Manufacturers will contribute to helping Africa actively participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, bearing in mind that the future will be digital,” AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga said.

He emphasized the need to harness the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.

Interim Chairperson of PAMA Mansur Ahmed said the African manufacturing sector “has a great responsibility in producing to the scale of the AfCFTA market.”

“If we do not supply the AfCFTA market up to scale, those goods and services will come from outside and that will be a loss,” he said.

The PAMA meeting was held on the margins of the ongoing African Industrialization Week, which also started on Monday. Enditem

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