Exploring the Sub national Spatial and Economic Development Impacts of the African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA in Lesotho

Written By Kelebone Lekunya
Exploring the Sub national Spatial and Economic Development Impacts of the African Growth and Opportunity Act  AGOA  in Lesotho
  • Publsiher : Unknown
  • Release : 23 September 2021
  • ISBN : 0987654321
  • Pages : 182 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Exploring the Sub national Spatial and Economic Development Impacts of the African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA in Lesotho

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  • Author : Kelebone Lekunya
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Total pages : 182
  • ISBN : 0987654321
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Summary : Rapid and sustainable economic growth and progressive social and spatial development through industrial development, has been a persistent challenge for the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). A commonly held "solution" to this challenge has been to provide access of manufactured goods from the SSA-region to the dynamic markets of the affluent North. ...

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