Africa Industrialization Day Date in the current year: November 20, 2016

Africa Industrialization Day Africa Industrialization Day is a United Nations observance held on November 20. It was officially established in 1989 by the UN General Assembly within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa and has been celebrated every year ever since.

Despite its abundant natural resources, Africa is the poorest and most underdeveloped continent in the world. Economic underdevelopment is caused by a wide range of factors, including lack of infrastructure, colonial past, communication difficulties caused by language diversity, corrupt governments, frequent military conflict etc.

Africa Industrialization Day was established to raise awareness of inclusive and sustainable industrialization as one of the conditions for economic growth and eradication of poverty on the African continent. It focuses on mobilizing the commitment of the international communities to the industrialization of African countries.

Events and activities held on the occasion aim to promote the industrial development of the African continent. They are held by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with Member States, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.

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