Africa is suddenly a hot economic development story. McKinsey consultant Irene Yuan Sun serves as tour guide in this revealing look at Africa’s burgeoning manufacturing sector. Born in China and raised in the United States, she offers multicultural insight into Africa’s growing grid of steel plants and textile mills – along with plenty of detailed first-person accounts from Africa’s factory floors and loading docks. While she’s optimistic about Africa’s future, she’s also willing to explore the downsides and risks of doing business in a region that, over the decades, has broken many an entrepreneur’s heart. getAbstract recommends this intriguing study to investors and entrepreneurs seeking an overview of Africa’s rising manufacturing sector.
About the Author
Irene Yuan Sun is lead author of McKinsey & Company’s research report on China’s economic engagement in Africa and co-leads the firm’s work on Chinese economic engagement. Born in China and raised in the US, she previously taught secondary school in rural Namibia. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard’s Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.